NYTimes story on “unjustly” fired principal gets it wrong

There’s a hatchet job on Obama’s Dept. of Ed., making them complete copies of Bush in continuing to support NCLB (which they do way too much, it’s true); but the real story is, the District administrators didn’t do their due diligence and research the other grants available, which would not have required firing principals as the Bush legacy program does–it’s an Innovations grant program, with some good language in it: I believe it’s the same family of grant as my “Sharing the Rainbow” proposal was written to, quite a visionary document for a Dept. of Ed. RFP.

Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/education/19winerip.html

and here’s the full text of the comment that’s so telling:

I regularly write grants for school districts throughout the United States. The fault in this matter lies with the district – not with the Federal administration. There were numerous grant awards throughout the year and will be next year as well that do not require the removal of principals and could easily have funneled in millions of dollars. To wit had the district applied for funding under the i3 funds using a model program they could have applied for up to 15 million dollars for programming that had nothing to do with removing staff from positions at which they excel. In these difficult budgetary times, it is incumbent upon school districts – not the federal government – to exercise due diligence in identifying federal funds that both meet their needs and honor the work of their staff. Having brought more than 8 million dollars of federal funding into districts across America last year with absolutely not one staff person removed, I can testify that there is a way to balance federal funding with local needs. It is truly unfortunate that the reporter for this article did not take the time to fully research protocols for educational funding through the stimulus such that a balanced portrait of requirements and more importantly possibilities was presented to the public.

The author is listed as
Dr. Watson
New York, NY
July 18th, 2010
11:38 pm

I got to this story from a Tweet from
RT @irasocol: please @barackobama explain this http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/19/education/19winerip.html

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Fred is a Teaching Artist, an arts integration advocate & a social justice activist. He is near completing a two-month Residency as String Game Performance Teacher at Calabasas Elementary School in Watsonville, CA, and performed at the 2015 Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival. He also serves as Teacher Consultant for Professional Development with UCSC's Central California Writing Project and as their Technology Liaison to the National Writing Project. He is a Connected Learning Facilitator and coordinates Face To Face Drop Ins on Connected Learning biweekly at Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He teaches self-directed & connected learning via real-world projects & string games through his Original Digital Project, an Associate of the Arts Council.

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