Newest Chief for Change, stuck on idle it seems.
More time please: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/ddoe/FlexFiles/DelawareESEAFlexEXTENSIONUPDATED120913Stakeholders.pdf
Mark Murphy’s new Rat Pack!
Jeb Bush has a vision to impose his will nationwide, and he enjoys nothing more than doing so in the arena of educational reform. To this end, Bush used his Foundation for Educational Excellence (FEE) to create the offshoot, reform-exclusive club of Bush-serving state superintendents known as Chiefs for Change. The “chiefs” are merely spokes revolving around Bush the hub.
Indeed, if the name “Chiefs for Change” could be reduced to a single word, that word would be Bush. Bush’s FEE created Chiefs for Change, “to rally behind a common agenda,” highlighted in short form on the Chiefs for Change member page:
Chiefs for Change is a program operated by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, focused on education reform, state-by-state.
These days, if an organization advertises itself as both nonpartisan and nonprofit, beware: You have stepped into the world of corporate reform, and their agenda is…
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Here are a few bullet web links about Chiefs for Change, Jeb Bush’s organization:
Example of how CFC supports laws like SB51, the worst bill to come out of Delaware’s 147th GA:
Here is their manifesto:
Chiefs for Change Adds Delaware K-12 Secretary Mark Murphy as New MemberBy Andrew Ujifusa on December 16, 2013 4:05 PM
When I interviewed New Mexico K-12 chief Hanna Skandera for my story about the group she leads, Chiefs for Change, she mentioned, without being asked, that the group expected one or two new members to be joining in the near future. She was coy when I asked her to name names, but the organization’s website has provided at least one answer—Mark Murphy, education secretary in Delaware, is now listed as the seventh member. When I wrote the story for the last print edition of Education Week, Chiefs for Change could claim six members, down from the high of nine in early 2012.
There’s no recent press release officially announcing Murphy as a new member, but his spokeswoman, Alison May, told me that he joined last week, after my story went to press. He officially became a member Dec. 10.
Murphy was appointed Delaware’s education secretary in 2012, when he was appointed by Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, and confirmed by the state senate. Before his nomination, he served as the executive director of the Vision Network of Delaware, an organization that seeks “to accelerate student achievement through improved leadership, classroom instruction, and school culture.” Broadly speaking, their goal is to ensure a “world-class education to all public school students by 2015,” according to the Vision Network’s most recent annual report.
He’s also worked at the nonprofit group New Leaders for New Schools, now called just New Leaders, where he helped develop school leadership standards for 200 principals in 10 cities.
“Delaware is committed to transformational change to improve outcomes and achievements for our students, and for the educators that work with them every day,” Murphy says in a statement on Chiefs for Change’s website. “The guiding principles of Chiefs for Change— revolving around excellence, accountability, high standards, and quality options for our students—are directly aligned to the principles that have been guiding our work in Delaware.”
Not surprisingly, Murphy clearly expresses his support for the Common Core State Standards, which is frequently and vigorously backed by Chiefs for Change and Markell as well.
ANOTHER CHIEF FOR CHANGE BECOMES A FORMER CHIEF — Maine’s education commissioner Stephen Bowen will leave that post Sept. 12 to become innovation director at the Council for Chief State School Officers. The departure of Bowen, also one of the Chiefs for Change, means that the ranks of the Jeb Bush-created group of state leaders who are actually actively serving as state education leaders will drop to six out of 11. Bowen’s move comes on the heels of Florida’s Tony Bennett stepping down earlier this month. Bowen was appointed in 2011 and helped work on the state’s school grading system, which gives A-F letter grades to schools based on student test scores.
Professor Svend Kreiner, a prominent statistician and psychometrician at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and Dr. Hugh Morrison of Queens University in Belfast have published studies blasting the reliability and validity of the PISA league tables. They describe PISA’s rankings as “useless,” “utterly wrong,” and “meaningless.”
According to TES (London),
“Professor Svend Kreiner, a statistician from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said that an inappropriate model is used to calculate the Pisa rankings every three years. In a paper published this summer, he challenges their reliability and shows how they fluctuate significantly according to which test questions are used. He reveals how, in the 2006 reading rankings, Canada could have been positioned anywhere between second and 25th, Japan between eighth and 40th and the UK between 14th and 30th.
“Dr Hugh Morrison, from Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland, goes further, saying that the model Pisa uses to…
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