Transparent Christina is closed.

The site will remain online for archival and research purposes, but this will be the last post.

It’s simply time.

Thank you to all my sources and readers.

In it for the kids…

A “Zombie” Reform: Outcome Based Education (OBE) in Medical Education and K-12 Schools

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Outcome Based Education (OBE) rolled through U.S. public schools in the 1980s and 1990s. Yes, OBE (a.k.a “mastery learning,” “competency-based education”) is still around (see here). But the drum-beating policy talk and promises of turning around “failing” U.S. schools, well, those claims have evaporated for K-12 schools.  Except for university medical education. Thus, a “zombie” reform returns.

On the 100th anniversary of the Flexner Report (1910) which did, indeed, alter medical education a century ago, another gaggle of reforms aimed at transforming current medical education has swept across U.S. medical schools in the past decade. I say “another” because like K-12 U.S. schools, university medical education has had cycles of reform aimed at the original Flexnerian model of medical education–two years of basic sciences (e.g., anatomy, biochemistry, genetics) and two years of clinical practice in hospitals and clerkships in various specialties (e.g., surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics).  OBE–sometimes called “Competency-Based …

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Warning: Gates is Infiltrating Opt Out

Save Maine Schools

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Okay.  If this isn’t enough to convince you that Corporate Opt-Out is real and is trying to co-opt the grassroots opt-out movement, I don’t know what will:

This Saturday, Citizens for Public Schools (CPS) will host an “Opt-Out Campaign Launch” with the Center for Collaborative Education – an organization funded by the Gates Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, IBM, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Yes – you read that right. Gates is helping to sponsor an Opt-Out event.

Several months ago, in a post called “Cashing in on Opt-Out,” I tried to show that the testing and ed-tech industries have long been aware of an impending shift away from the big, end-of-year high stakes test toward systems of embedded, competency-based testing, where grade levels no longer matter.

If you’ve not yet seen it, please read this article by former Gates executive and venture capitalist Tom Vander…

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Dear Wilmington Christina Teachers, you are awful at your jobs. Sincerely, The State Board.

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Dr. Gray, here’s the MOU you flipped out about yesterday because you couldn’t be bothered to pay attention last Spring

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Civics lesson: FOIA filings ARE indeed FREE!

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Tonight, at the CSD board meeting, we received public comment that seemed like a veiled reference to a notion that legal opinions are not free.

Well, I agree and disagree. Here’s what I mean:

When a public body seeks legal opinion from counsel, they charge the public body. Mind you, in the case of the Christina School Board, only one board member can even ask counsel for an opinion by fiat of current board policy.

but…

when a citizen files a FOIA with the AG to determine if a public body has acted within the confines of the open meetings law, that filing is 100% FREE. The AG then notifies the public body of the complaint and the public body has to DECIDE whether to respond via counsel to the allegation. Hopefully, public bodies vote on whether or not to respond, but I know this sometimes does not happen…whatever the reason…but the option to not respond does exist, it’s a choice.

I would believe that if the public body acted wholly within the confines of the law, then a paid response would be unnecessary and that the public body, IF given the opportunity to vote, would allow the AG to opine, again, FOR FREE and validate the public body was in the right.

Recently,. I filed a FOIA to confirm that three recent actions of our board were in compliance with the law in an act of civic responsibility. In 2 of 3 cases, we were compliant,  which was GREAT. We did hold an illegal vote (at a meeting I was not present at) at one meeting which was unfortunate, but the board has promised to not do that again.

The cost of my FOIA complaint? FREE. 

The cost of not having the board vote and all the correspondence from the sole empowered board position on the FOIA? If you want to know, FOIA it. I promise you though, it isn’t zero…or come to the next board meeting and ask me directly, and I will review legal line item expenses and the requester/subject for each legal charge in public.

I’m sure tonight’s public comment was in no way intended to suggest that Christina taxpayers should be shamed into not filing FOIAs when they cannot get relief from the public body in question.

I’m almost 100% sure that was not the message…