‘Atlantic Turnaround?’ Ravitch wonders: Is maggie’s reforming honeymoon over?


Ed-blogging prolific Diane Ravitch is positing that The Atlantic, long on helping the ed-reform movement, may suddenly be exposing a new underbelly.



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Decent question.

Ravitch before has touched that rail and we were only-too-happy to help:


But honest, we do have some originality – just remember our glomming post LOL:


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 Wiki, BTW, says Atlantic’s reliance on private funding has raised some hackles.

“The Atlantic Media Company receives substantial financial support from the Gates Foundation through the National Journal ($240,000+) to provide coverage of education-related issues that are of interest to the Gates Foundation and its frequent partner in education policy initiatives, the Lumina Foundation.[37][38] Critics have suggested that this funding may lead to biased coverage and have noted the Lumina Foundation‘s connections to the private student loan company Sallie Mae.[39][40][41] Gates-funding of the National Journal is not always disclosed in articles or editorials about the Gates Foundation or Bill Gates, or in coverage of education white papers by other Lumina or Gates Foundation grantees, such as the New America Foundation.”



Turnaround for Children ‘lost’ $1 million last year? Newark entry a bust? Ring a bell?

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Turnaround for Children Inc.’s IRS filing shows $1 million expenses over revenue last year.

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In its Form 990 filing for the tax year that ended June 2014, the expense-exceeding-revenue disclosure (for 7/1/13 to 6/30/14) is revealed.


Pamela Cantor, who is Turnaround’s chief executive officer, filed the report under penalty of perjury on Jan. 30, 2015, according to IRS records.

In her report to the IRS, Cantor tries to trumpet her agency’s “success,” but discloses “not as much progress as we would like to see.:”

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Menawhile, the IRS filing also shows that Kate Felsen, who is paid $160,000 as “vice president of communicatins,” masks her name in the IRS filing as “Katherine Di Pietro,” which is her married name.

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Who knew?!

For $160,000, I guess you are free to use whatever name you want LOL.

Di Pietro – or Felsen depending on your flavor – is for the first time listed as among the organization’s top-paid employees.

So, the moral to the story may be, ‘you can call me Ray, or you can call me Ray Jay, but you doesn’t have to call me Felsen.’


The Form 990 also shows:

* Nearly $1 million in receipts for the organization’s annual “gala” party.

* Food & “beverage” gala expenses of more than $135,000. Now, that’s a party, folks!


Oops – there was one more thing, ma’am, that we licked our chops over this tidbit in the IRS report:

* Director Owen Lewis was paid $35,000 for “consulting services.”


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Veteran teacher: ‘Don’t blame us for your mistakes and – oh, ya, Turnaround is still a joke.’

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Veteran Newark teach Abigail Shure came out swinging against – what’s this? – her kissin’ cuz in the wake of his posting [https://newarkschoolsforsale.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/failing-blacks-and-hispanics-heck-send-turnaround-to-fix-it-not/] that suggested new stats say the “best teachers” should be assigned to classrooms where the blacks and hispanics are failing.

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Abigail Shure

“The reformer mantra of, ‘children living in poverty are forced to suffer from the worst teachers,’ is getting stale,” the longtime teacher wrote in a reply comment to the blog. “The argument paints teachers laboring in schools filled with high-needs students with broad-brush strokes.”

If teachers in the minority classrooms are receiving low evaluations, Shure said, “these poor ratings are not being explored or exposed or explained.”

Shure said the problem is not that the minority classrooms have bad teachers, the problem is that administrators are assigning teachers to tasks outside of their expertise and experience, and then blaming the teachers for poor performance.

The veteran educator used herself as an example of how teachers are held accountable for poor management. Shure said she has spent the past year at an “employee-without-placement” site as a library aide and academic-intervention and social-and-emotional-learning teacher, assignments that are “outside of my realm of expertise.”

So, it is no wonder, she said, that her evaluation comes in at only “partially effective.”

Shure found agreement with us on one front. “Turnaround for Children has little to offer to mitigate the profound academic, social and economic challenges of our children,” she wrote.

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Failing blacks and hispanics? Heck, send Turnaround to fix it. NOT!


NY stats show blacks, hispanics get the bad teachers.

What to do?

Send the best teachers into the black classrooms?

NO! Heck, call Pam Cantor. she’ll fix it – good! LOL!

Pretend we never said it. Shame on us for raising the specter of sending Turnaround for Children Inc. to put out the fire.

We all remember what happened when Turnaround went into DC and NY. Does the word disaster ring a bell?


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

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In a column for readingeagle.com, 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.