Fifty schools were closed and several thousand teachers were fired in Chicago as “FAILING” schools. Who were the superintendents of those schools for 14 years prior to this decision?
Arne Duncan (2001-2009) and Paul Vallas (1995-2001).
Since then, Arne Duncan has been promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education. He created Race to the Top and endorsed the private corporation CCSS, Common Core State Standards, for national prep and testing materials. New York State alone watched in awe as 70% of their students were declared as failing this corporate standard.
Paul Vallas went on to be appointed the CEO of Philadelphia schools (2002-2007) where he fired teachers, closed schools and privatized education via charters; Philadelphia schools are now declared as failing. Vallas was then appointed head of the Recovery School District of Louisiana (2007-2011) which is now declared as failing. Because Vallas was out of work for a few years from his American jobs, he got one in Haiti. President Rene Preval of Haiti gave the Inter-American Development Bank a mandate to reform the education system by creating a 5 year plan in conjunction with the Haitian National Commission and the Education Ministry. Vallas worked for the bank. In 2012 Vallas was also appointed the Superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut until a Superior Court judge declared him unqualified; the State Supreme Court agreed.
Then Illinois Gov. Quinn (D) announced that Vallas would be his running mate as Lieutenant Governor in 2014. Quinn wants schools and teacher pensions “fixed”. Quinn has repeated the “Illinois Is Broke” mantra. Read wiki info HERE about Vallas.
Arne Duncan took 8 American experts with him to Haiti. Yes, Vallas was one of them. They came to the conclusion that Haiti needs to spend its education money by investing in national standardized tests and data collection. Vallas agrees. Read the Washington Post article HERE.
Haiti’s school children have no toilets and often no indoor plumbing or even walls on their classrooms, but Haiti will have to have Common Core State Standards (a private corporation) and inBloom (a private corporation) or agreed upon equivalents if they wish to receive money from the Inter-American Development Bank. That is how vulture capitalism works. Read definition HERE.
(Total silence in a classroom such as this impresses Duncan -in his own tweeted words) – and supports his oft repeated dictum that there is no need for class size requirements and all those needless teachers.)
Why would anti-union, anti-elected schools board, anti-teacher, anti-public school Vallas be named as the Democratic running mate of the anti-teacher (present and retired teachers’ pension funds are again being threatened by Gov. Quinn), anti-public school incumbent governor of Illinois? Read Jonathan Pelto HERE. Read Fred Klonsky HERE. Read NBC coverage HERE. “Vallas’ arrival only seemed to fire up opposition and determination even further among some teachers, parents and activists.”
What was successfully done to get rid of Vallas in Connecticut? Read Jonathan Pelto HERE. “The Bridgeport Board of Education race has garnered national attention and is now seen as proof that parents, teachers and public school advocates can use elections to beat back the corporate education reform industry.”
What can be done to rid Illinois of Vallas? Read Fred Klonsky HERE. “Now we have Quinn, Vallas and the Tea Party and the filing deadline for petitions a month away.”
A third party such as the Working Families Party in Connecticut needs to be formed in Illinois. Read HERE.
Not only can it be done, it must be done to save public education from the multinational corporate takeover of education for private profit, the Education Industrial Complex.