Shucker shills for Cantor’s Turnaround: Phantom test results unabating

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In a column for, Louis M. Schucker, an attorney and former member of Schuylkill Valley (Pa.) School Board, wrote of Turnaround’s “work:”

“The results have been impressive. In schools that have partnered with Turnaround for more than two years, math and reading scores have improved at double the rate of peer schools. So did scores measuring school safety and a supportive learning environment.”


Are you forgetting the actual results of Turnaround’s “work?”

Here’s a reminder:

NYT apparently missed Turnaround’s big busts (aka dismal test scores)

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David Bornstein NYT

The NYT is touting Turnaround for Children’s school impact.

It’s had an impact, alright.

The snooze-paper of record apparently missed the drop in test scores in just about every school that Turnaround has gotten its paws into.

“… in Turnaround partner schools, more than 90 percent of students with behavioral needs get connected to appropriate services, typically within three weeks,’ the NYT’s David Bornstein wrote.

Hah! Sounds nice but in reality it’s all puffery.

That’s what Pam Cantor likes – inflatables – to headline on Turnaround’s website:

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If you want the real news check out our posts on Turnaround’s touch:

‘Hillary may pull a fast Turnaround on public-school teachers’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a supporter following her address at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University in New York

If the nation’s teachers were buffaloed by O’bummer, they may be in for another broad side – oops, sorry, broadside – by Bill’s gal pal, aka Hillary Clinton.

That – in a nutshell – is the warning from Paul Karrer, a fifth-grade Carly Fiorina – oops, sorry, California – teacher.

Who knew?

Now, we wouldn’t want to accuse Paul of being a disaffected Democrat, but jeez, if we did, maybe he might start thinking sensibly and, rather than attaching his wagon yet again to another leftest fraud, might throw his weight behind someone such as a smart businesswoman such as Carly.

Your friendly blogger btw thinks Carly would do far more for public servants than the fat left, which never saw a costly welfare system it couldn’t support.

And ya know what happens when the welfare rolls swell? The economy suffers.

And when the economy tanks, guess who gets hurt: those whose livelihoods depend on a robust market economy. If people can’t buy houses, and cars, and crap at Wal-Mart, guess what happens to the bank accounts of our nation’s states and cities.

So the moral to the story is … beware of what you wish for, teachers. There could be another Pam Cantor (as in, Turnaround for Children Inc.) waiting in a dark alley with her sword aimed at your flanks.

Braun’s brawn: Newark funnels cash to Turnaround’s failures

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TFC’s Alison Averra (Cami’s bosom bud)

Newark’s school bosses have decided to schlep another bag of cash over to Turnaround for Children Inc., according to

Like, really?

Turnaround has Newark in its pocket?

You don’t say.


“From 2012 to 2014, the two years of the “Renew Schools” experiment, the percentage of students at Chancellor Avenue passing the state NJASK tests in language arts fell from 30.6 to 20.7 and in math from 47.3 to 38.4. At Cleveland, the drops were 25.3 to 21.6 in language arts and 41.1 to 26.6 in math. Passing rates at Thirteenth Avenue fell from 18.3 to 17.3 in language arts and from 24.3 to 20.1 in math.”

Stay tuned…

ITI’s chief to Turnaround: “Pam, can I borrow your Rolodex?” (LOL)

A tekkie lobbyist under fire for failing to consult educators on hiring minorities is fresh off settling a lawsuit brought by one of his competitors, who claims the lobbyist wasn’t very diverse in establishing his own contacts.


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Dean Garfield of the Information Technology Industry Council recently settled a lawsuit brought against ITI by TechAmerica, according to

Seems Dean’s group took TA’s Rolodex.

A guy who fails to hire minorities also isn’t very diverse in cultivating his own tekkie sources?


Maybe Dean needs to consult Pam Cantor at Turnaround for Children Inc., whose Rolodex includes a link to this blog:

And now this:

The Hill is also reporting on Dean’s being forced to defend his group’s alleged failure to hire minorities.

“When it rains, it pours.”

Pam Cantor has a friend? USA Today tekkie scribbler also full of falsities

After USA Today blasted Silicon Valley for failing to hire minorities, an alleged tekkie tried to do a comeback with a defense.

But Dean Garfield‘s attempt was even more anemic than the paper’s original editorial:

Can this be?

Can Turnaround for Children Inc. actually have met its match – someone whose vacuousness eclipses even Pamela Cantor‘s?

Nah, can’t be.

Oh, yes it can be.

The credit for this catch goes to Abigail Shure, a veteran Newark teacher who’s been in the trenches for public education for decades.

Shure fired off a letter to Garfield, who masquerades as the top dawg at the Information Technology Industry Council.

“Both the editorial and the op-ed are lacking in specifics on how to engage the educational community to attract black, hispanic and female candidates to pursue tech careers,” Shure said.

We tried to wake Garfield from his slumber but got no response to either emails or tweets.

USA Today started the fight this way:



Free lunch for Turnaround?


While Turnaround for Children is trying to show Newark how to educate kids (LOL) the district is eating the taxpayers for lunch.

That’s the view of the teachers union, judging from this generally circulated email that went out to the masses.

From Newark teachers union email re: “wasteful spending.”

Subject: Newark’s State-Appointed Superintendent continues to waste NJ Taxpayers money–266285271.html

Budget cuts and tight resources plague Newark public schools, but even in these tough economic times, the Newark Public Schools District has approved tens of thousands of dollars a month in spending on take-out food and catering, NBC 4 New York’s I-Team has found.

An I-Team review of district spending over a 15-month period ending in May found that Newark administrators spent more than $330,000, or an average of about $22,000 a month, on food from places like Sandwiches Unlimited, SuzyQue’s BBQ and King’s Family Restaurant and Catering even as it faces a $42 million budget gap.

In the spring, hundreds of Newark high school students walked out of class to protest budget cuts. More cuts are expected.

According to budget estimates posted on the Newark Public Schools website, per pupil spending on supplies and textbooks will go down by 30 percent next school year, from $501 to $372.

There will be an 11 percent reduction in overall spending on building maintenance, from $77,168,701 to $73,737,144. Budget projections also show a 34 percent decrease in spending on guidance counselors, from $3,374,792 to $2,047,967.

“We sit in classrooms where there aren’t enough desks to fill every student,” said Khadija Bhatti, a sophomore student who participated in the protest. “We don’t have adequate supplies of paper and necessary supplies to supplement us throughout the day and then there’s money being spent on arbitrary things such as catering and food.”

Newark Public Schools have been under state control since 1995. Last month, Gov. Chris Christie re-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson.

Anderson declined to answer questions about the restaurant bills. But school spokeswoman Vanessa Rodriguez said that the food is largely used to encourage parent involvement and to recognize students for their achievements.

“Ninety percent of what we have spent in these events happens at the school level. And it happens with teachers and it happens with students and families,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez also pointed out union rules that require food service to be available for teaching staff members who stay late to attend parent teacher conferences.

Joseph Del Grosso, president of the Newark Teachers Union, said schools routinely fail to provide food for teachers at after school meetings. He also pointed out that parent teacher conferences only take place twice a year. The I-Team found take-out food charged every month.

“While we in schools are living hand to mouth, the superintendent is out catering affairs,” Del Grosso said.

Rodriguez said despite criticisms about stretched resources, she believes students have what they need to learn.

“Going into next year, our students will have what they need. That is our No. 1 priority.”

Mike Maillaro

Director of Research and Communication

Newark Teachers Union

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