Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:15 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Meet the Education Shysters trying to privatize education in Michigan
Utica Community Schools, as the second largest district in Michigan, has always been a leader in education. Students have always had a high rate of success. In comparison to districts across the nation, Utica has always been financially healthy. Utica has been a wealth of potential for multiple facets of education, art and culture and many of those programs have been decimated to cater to the special interest of profiteers and politicians.
Carol Klenow...School Board President of Utica Community Schools, hired Christine Johns, a graduate of the unaccredited Broad Academy, to serve as the Superintendent of Utica Community Schools. Klenow was appointed by the Governor to be on the State Officers Compensation Commission which determines the compensation, benefits and expense accounts of the Governor’s Officers including all state officers and legislators. These officials and representatives are some of the highest paid in Michigan’s legislative history. Recently, Governor Rick Synder also certified Utica Community Schools Board President Klenow as an Emergency Financial Manager. This gives Klenow the power to close schools at will as was seen in Detroit under the rule of Broad graduate Bob Bobb when he served as Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools.
Both the state legislature and the governor are pushing for an increase in online virtual learning academies....Carol Klenow is the Program Administrator of a virtual learning academy that was rewarded a pilot by the Governor. While Klenow built her virtual learning academy, Utica Community Schools began a major curriculum overhaul and created classrooms that are much larger than (in) surrounding districts.
After Utica Community Schools began eliminating a number of classes from their curriculum, Klenow’s virtual academy indicated that they would offer many of the courses that had been cut from the curriculum....
Klenow stands to inherit a huge financial windfall if Governor Snyder’s Oxford Foundation legislation is implemented...(it) will allow for students from any school district across Michigan to attend Klenow’s virtual learning academy... Along with Carol Klenow, the Calvert Educational Services Company will profit greatly by developing all the curriculum of Klenow’s Oakland County Virtual Learning Academy Consortium.
During her tenure as Superintendent, Christine Johns has dismantled many successful district programs and terminated positions, only to rehire them to third-party companies such as the online learning company Dreambox and Discovery Education which offers digital textbooks and online teacher “assessment services”. All at a high price. With the continued destruction of educational opportunities in Utica, many students will seek alternatives...
It's a private Mafia sent in to destroy public education in Michigan. Crystal-clear that they are deliberately undermining the quality of education in this excellently rated district in order to privatize it.
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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:43 AM
Iggy (1,418 posts)
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The most idiotic aspect of "virtual learning", particularly if it is home based, is the notion ALL students live in stable, normal homes-- comparable to a school environment which is quiet, disciplined, and where a definitive schedule is adhered to.
Another aspect being overlooked here is thousands of poor students coming from marginal, UNstable homes are being fed breakfast and lunch at their school-- so they are not distracted by the fact they are hungry. Just how does "virtual learning" address this?