AIR.org’s $377,000-a-year Osher, chief of Turnaround for Children Inc., in cover-up over phantom research?

When will Osher answer questions about his phantom Public School 85 research?

Pants on Fire!

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Osher: “You want me to answer questions?”

Yes, we do.

First question: How do you explain the disastrous test scores in P.S. 85 – the same school you touted as a Turnaround success?

Here since you, uh, “missed them,” are the P.S. 85 test results in wake of Turnaround for Children Inc.:

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Second question: You say your “research” involved 2005 to 2008.

Where is the research?

We can’t find it anywhere.

Third question: Since you wrote your laudatory Turnaround article in August 2013, why didn’t you mention the latest disastrous scores?

The press reported these disastrous scores so it’s not like you were living under a rock – or maybe you were.

Here are the articles reporting the scores:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-students-scores-dramatic-plunge-new-standardized-tests-article-1.1419973#ixzz2bKyyrzVI

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/nyregion/under-new-standards-students-see-sharp-decline-in-test-scores.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Item: Math proficiency went from 65 percent in 2008 to 7 percent in 2013.

Item: English proficiency went from 36 percent in 2008 to 6 percent in 2013.

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Osher’s co-conspirator:

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Turnaround’s Pammy Cantor, who lives with Osher in The Land of Make Believe.

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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Oops! $377,000-a-year David Osher of AIR.org forgot to publish his “research” that allegedly shows what a blazing success Turnaround for Children Inc. is. What gives, Mr. PhD? Must be phantom research!

Did he forget something?

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Where is $377,000-a-year David I-Make-It-All-Up Osher’s research on Turnaround for Children published?
 
It is not on his expansive resume.
 
Google searches produce nothing.
 
What is the reason?


http://cecp.air.org/about/resumes/david_osher.htm

A 50-page resume and no mention of his “celebrated” research that allegedly shows Turnaround for Children Inc.’s successes?

The same “research” that Turnaround’s Pammy Cantor extolled on her Facebook page?

Where is it, $377,000-a-year David?

Do tell!

Here’s $377,000-a-year Osher’s “research:”

http://www.gtlcenter.org/blog/building-positive-relationships-truly-disadvantaged-schools

Meanwhile, you can check our research – and it’s even footnoted:

https://newarkschoolsforsale.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/turnaround-for-children-inc-test-score-grades-in-nyc-a-big-fat-f/

And our response to $377,000-a-year Osher:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAduqil_NG19INWntVj4Ylnd6iq8/edit?usp=sharing

AIR.org still refusing to grant equal time to Cohen; Osher’s one-sided view of Turnaround for Children Inc. immolating by the minute

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AIR.org President $566,304-a-year David Myers

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AIR.org Chairwoman $53,750-a-year Patricia Gurin

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Bowing to public pressure, leaders of American Institutes for Research have mollified their refusal to grant us space to respond to AIR.org Vice President $377,000-a-year David Osher’s glowing commentary on Turnaround for Children Inc.’s alleged successes reaching at-risk children in public schools.

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AIR.org $377-a-year Veep David Osher

Only after I filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General did AIR.org officials decide they not only have a legal problem denying adequate public editorial access – since they receive $260,000,000 a year in taxpayer money – but they fear that funding could now be in real jeopardy.

Why would they want critical public opinion to crash the party?

And they also granted Osher space to add another two cents

to try to defend his failure to include disastrous test scores in his so-called “research.”

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Osher’s so-called “research” missed the drooping test scores

In this link, you will see $377,000-a-year Osher’s blog post, below which AIR.org top officials have published my response.

It took them nearly two weeks to conclude that their delayed decision to publish my response is what they call ‘compliant’ with their commenting policy “posted on the website.”

“All comments on the blog are subject to review. We reserve the right to withhold approval for any comments that are contrary to respectful and productive dialogue.”

Maybe they should add: “…any comments that run counter to our judgment that a $377,000-a-year PhD can do no wrong.”

They reached such a conclusion only after I served notice that I would pursue my complaint with the top cop at the U.S. Department of Education.

We call that “running scared.”

As in, running scared that their annual $260,000,000 in government money will fall under a federal audit – meaning they would lose that support if the inspector general concludes that they are freezing the public out of editorial access to their partisan commentary.

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http://www.gtlcenter.org/blog/building-positive-relationships-truly-disadvantaged-schools

If you don’t want to wade through Osher to get to me, here is my unfettered version:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAduqil_NG19INWntVj4Ylnd6iq8/edit?usp=sharing

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When AIR.org is done trying to silence me, they will have to deal with Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education.

In that role, General Tighe is what you might call the agency’s top cop – rooting out fraud.

General Tighe has impressive credentials in such a role.

Tighe has a lengthy background in government accountability and a wealth of experience fighting fraud, according to BreakingGov.com.

http://breakinggov.com/2012/01/26/feds-work-kathleen-tighe-helps-recovery-board-stay-transparent/

Prior to becoming the IG at Education, she was the Deputy Inspector General at the Agriculture Department.

From 1995 to 2005, she served as Counsel to the Inspector General, General Services Administration and, before that, she was an Assistant Counsel for the Office of Inspector General. From 1988 until 1991, she was a Trial Attorney with the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice.

General Tighe’s office has published this mission statement:

“To promote the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of the Department’s programs and operations, we conduct independent and objective audits, investigations, inspections, and other activities. Anyone knowing of fraud, waste, or abuse of Department of Education funds should contact the OIG Hotline to make a confidential report.”

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Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

…So, too, our blog’s effort to shine a light on reform-education hypocrisy and fraud…

Turnaround for Children Inc. blinded by AIR.org’s $260,000,000 in annual tax money: a helter-skelter educational mission clouded by dollar signs

David Osher of AIR.org – who never saw a resume builder he didn’t like – is in good company with Pam Cantor of Turnaround for Children Inc., who never saw an inflated resume she didn’t like.

$377,000-a-year David Osher of AIR.org has claimed to work on improving “conditions for learning.”

But out in the field at Turnaround for Children Inc., it is impossible to find the nexus between so-called improved conditions for learning and academic proficiency as measured by standardized test scores.

Several possible explanations exist;

1) the theory does not hold water

2) TFC provides a counter example to the research

3) your tax dollars are being wasted

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What’s $255,941,081 in wasted taxpayer dollars among friends?

Just ask $377,000-a-year David Osher:

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“What, me worry?”

Oh, speaking of…

Osher’s 50-page resume includes his claim that he was dean of a “pioneering” NH college from 1974 to 1978.

But he, uh, forgot to mention that the school closed due to what Wiki calls

“years of declining enrollment and increasing financial difficulties.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franconia_College

The college was an unmitigated disaster, according to this searing retrospective on it:

http://www.northcountrynhstories.org/story_Jeff_Woodburn.html

And here’s more on the disastrous academic experience that Osher claims in his resume was a success:

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2008/04/05/490612/-Bare-Debauchery-at-Franconia-College

Here is Osher’s self-styled creative resume section on Franconia College:

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$377,000-a-year Osher fires back, defends his ‘facts’ as they come under scrutiny; says he ‘didn’t know’ about last few years of failing test scores in wake of Turnaround for Children Inc.’s work

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$377,000-a-year David Osher living under a rock

American Institutes for Research Vice President David Osher is now claiming

he didn’t know about the disastrous test scores that resulted in the wake of

Turnaround for Children Inc.’s work in NYC schools.

He apparently missed headlines such as this just weeks ago:

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/nyregion/under-new-standards-students-see-sharp-decline-in-test-scores.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Osher missed this story, too, in the NY Daily News:

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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-students-scores-dramatic-plunge-new-standardized-tests-article-1.1419973#ixzz2bKyyrzVI

If you doubt that Osher has been living under a rock, here is his explanation for missing the biggest education story in ages:

“My research on the Turnaround for Children School and five others took place between 2005 and 2008. Ted Cohen’s assertions relate to a school and a timeframe that I did not study nor mention in my blog post,” he writes in a Facebook message to us.

He gets paid $377,000 a year in taxpayer money to do that kind of work.

AIR receives some $260,000,000 a year in “government grants (contributions).”

 

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Are you proud to be an American?

Our response to Osher:

We wrote back to Osher:

“OK, if your claim is true, then why is this the first time you are mentioning it in any of your writings?

If you stand by your research, then what happened in the five years following your work – or is that academic, as we say?”

Noe the big question to Osher:

So if your research is ‘stale 2008,’ on what basis did you write your article?

You will see here in Osher’s moldy commentary praising Turnaround for Children Inc. that he makes absolutely no mention of 2005 to 2008:

http://www.gtlcenter.org/blog/building-positive-relationships-truly-disadvantaged-schools

Here is a graph showing the test scores that Osher says he didn’t know about:

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Oh, there is one person who thinks Osher is a, uh, crack researcher…

Her name?

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Pam Cantor, president of – envelope please – Turnaround for Children Inc.

Cantor liked his article so much she posted it on TFC’s Facebook page – the same page she has locked me out of.

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Again I call on Osher’s boss – the $100,000-a-year Patricia Gurin – and his other boss, AIR.org President David Myers – to once and for all publish my response on the institutes’ web site.

Here is it in case Gurin and Myers need an extra copy:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAduqil_NG19INWntVj4Ylnd6iq8/edit?usp=sharing

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$1-a-year Ted Cohen, who has filed a complaint with the U.S. Inspector General for the Department of Education.

The inspector general roots out fraud in federally funded groups such as American Institutes for Research.

Your hard-earned federal tax money pays David Osher $377,000 a year as he shills Turnaround for Children Inc.’s fraudulent claims

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This guy, $377,000-a-year David Osher of the tax-exempt American Institutes for Research, holds four taxpayer-funded jobs.

All that money and he can’t even look at a few test scores.

And get this: his resume says that his job at AIR  he “supervises data collection and analysis.”

But he doesn’t look at the test-score data that put to shame his claim that Turnaround for Children is succeeding in the classroom?

Sounds like top-notch research chops to us.

AIR’s own website says:

Osher serves as principal investigator of four major research and technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. government:

The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, and The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk.
The real question is:

What is he investigating?

Maybe himself?

How can he play the roles of investigator and cheerleader simultaneously?

Where is the old-fashioned pretense of objectivity?

Or does he conveniently switch hats from researcher to PR fan as needed?

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He’s a shill for Turnaround for Children Inc.

Despite documented proof that Turnaround’s efforts to reach at-risk school kids is failing, Osher wrote that the program is a success.

http://www.gtlcenter.org/blog/building-positive-relationships-truly-disadvantaged-schools

He writes, “Turnaround for Children put South Bronx on the right path.”

Huh?

He apparently missed the report showing dismal test scores in Every school in which Turnaround is working.

Just look at the South Bronx score report:

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It doesn’t take a statistician to determine the direction of a line on a graph.

Is it going up, or is it going down?

Simple enough, no?

Want more?

See this report of the disastrous Turnaround for Children Inc.’s hand in failing student tests:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-students-scores-dramatic-plunge-new-standardized-tests-article-1.1419973#ixzz2bKyyrzVI

American Institutes for Research – which is partly taxpayer funded through the U.S. Department of Education – has refused to print our response to Osher’s fraudulent claims.

(Here is our response – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAduqil_NG19INWntVj4Ylnd6iq8/edit?usp=sharing)

We have emailed $50,000-a-year-salary AIR Chairwoman Patricia Gurin – who besides her AIR salary is pulling down a good chunk of change – an additional $54,000 – from the University of Michigan.

Curiously, her UMich page makes no mention of her double-dipping. No mention there of her cushy ‘job’ at AIR.

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pgurin@umich.edu

We have also:

* Requested that Kathleen Tighe, the U.S. department OF Education’s inspector general, launch a probe into the institute’s Center on Great Teachers and Leaders.

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Inspector General Tighe

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Our complaint reads as follows:

Inspector General Tighe:

I am interested in your opening an investigation into lack of public editorial access to The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders of the American Institutes for Research.

AIR has refused to respond to or print my response to a blog article it posted on its website that praises the work of Turnaround for Children Inc. in spite of publicly documented evidence that Turnaround for Children’s involvement in at-risk schools is not only not as successful as claimed, but simply is falling short of its publicized goals.

AIR’s Center on Great Teachers and Leaders website says: “The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders is based at American Institutes for Research and funded through a cooperative agreement by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.”

Because this is a publicly funded endeavor, it is required to provide access to anyone wishing to offer competing editorial viewpoints.

By failing to do so it is in violation of the tenets of the agreement with the DOE.

Its website further states: “The contents of this website were developed under a cooperative agreement (S283B120021) from the U.S. Department of Education. Information presented in this site does not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Education and does not imply endorsement by the federal government.”

Even though the agreement “does not imply endorsement by the federal government,” that disclaimer is insufficient to excuse or insulate the American Institutes for Research from offering editorial space to opposing viewpoints.

* Filed a Freedom of Information request with the U.S. Department of Education seeking a copy of the agreement between the department and the institute.

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You folks out there need to know more about David Osher – as David Osher views himself?

Do you have time to peruse his 50-page resume?

That’s right – this taxpayer-paid scam artist has what we call self-aggrandizing tendencies.

His 17,347-word resume is a tree-killer’s delight.

You need a nap? If so here ya go:

http://cecp.air.org/about/resumes/david_osher.htm

AIR.org joins the Turnaround for Children Inc. coverup; refuses allowing response to taxpayer-funded blog

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So Turnaround for Children Inc. now has another Teddy Bear kissing its face.

David Osher, the $377,000-a-year vice president of American Institutes for Research, published a glowing piece on Turnaround on AIR’s “Great Teachers and Leaders” blog.

http://www.gtlcenter.org/blog/building-positive-relationships-truly-disadvantaged-schools

And guess who posted his lapdog piece on her website: Pammy Cantor, president of Turnaround for Children!

“Luckily,” Osher writes, “…Turnaround for Children, helped put the South Bronx school on the right track.”

Oh, really?

Apparently he missed this report of the South Bronx school’s test-score results since Turnaround went into that school.

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So, what to do?

We have submitted an op-ed to AIR to point out what a fraud Osher’s piece offers the reading public – to say nothing of the donors who blindly think their money is helping at-risk kids in poor school districts.

(Here is our response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAduqil_NG19INWntVj4Ylnd6iq8/edit?usp=sharing)

But AIR has ignored our emails.

We have filed initial appeals of their ignorings, pointing out that their website says they are taxpayer funded:

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders is based at American Institutes for Research and funded through a cooperative agreement by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

We are patiently awaiting a response from:

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Patricia Gurin, $50,000-a-year AIR board chair

Her website:

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pgurin/

We have also filed a complaint with the Inspector General’s Office of the U.S. Department of Education:

Inspector General Tighe:

I am interested in your opening an investigation into lack of public editorial access to The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders of the American Institutes for Research.

AIR has refused to respond to or print my response to a blog article it posted on its website that praises the work of Turnaround for Children Inc. in spite of publicly documented evidence that Turnaround for Children’s involvement in at-risk schools is not only not as successful as claimed, but simply is falling short of its publicized goals.

AIR’s Center on Great Teachers and Leaders website says: “The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders is based at American Institutes for Research and funded through a cooperative agreement by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.”

Because this is a publicly funded endeavor, it is required to provide access to anyone wishing to offer competing editorial viewpoints.

By failing to do so it is in violation of the tenets of the agreement with the DOE.

Its website further states: “The contents of this website were developed under a cooperative agreement (S283B120021) from the U.S. Department of Education. Information presented in this site does not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Education and does not imply endorsement by the federal government.”

Even though the agreement “does not imply endorsement by the federal government,” that disclaimer is insufficient to excuse or insulate the American Institutes for Research from offering editorial space to opposing viewpoints.

The Inspector General

Inspector General Kathleen Tighe