First Chicago, then Philadelphia, New Orleans (with a stop in Haiti along the way) and now Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Paul Vallas, the self-anointed successful story of what happens when you give the leading “Education Reform CEO” a chance to set things right is busy “saving” the Bridgeport School System.
In Philadelphia, Vallas is known as the man who “presided over the nation’s largest experiment in privatized management of schools, with the management of over 40 schools turned over to outside for-profits, nonprofits, and universities beginning in Fall 2002.”
Now, with a salary of only $229,000 a year, Vallas’ Bridgeport plan is taking shape. (see April 22 Wait, What Post)
For those of you who can step away from the blinding glare of his success for a moment; you’ll find his field of battle is strewn with the hopes and dreams of the parents and children who were unfortunate enough to live in the laboratories he called his dominion.
Take Philadelphia, for example.
After proclaiming his 2002-2007 tenure as an extraordinary turnaround success, Philadelphia’s School District is now dissolving – literally.
Philadelphia’s “Chief Recovery Officer” Thomas Knudsen announced today that forty schools will close next year with six more schools every year after than until 2017.
In a must read story on today’s The Naked City Blog , Daniel Denvir writes that “the remaining schools would get chopped up into “achievement networks” where public or private groups compete to manage about 25 schools, and the central office would be chopped down to a skeleton crew of about 200. District HQ has already eliminated about half of the 1,100-plus positions that existed in 2010.”
Wait, that sort of sounds like what Vallas is talking about doing in Bridgeport.
The blog goes on to reveal that “charter schools will teach an estimated 40 percent of students by 2017.”
And the “Chief Recovery Officer” add that “all custodial, maintenance and transportation work [will be outsourced] to private companies unless union workers could underbid them.”
In response to a request about how vital educational services will be provided, the “Chief Recovery Officer” said that “the things that other networks do in other parts of the country…is that these networks attract resources.”
So children of Philadelphia, have no fear, rich people are going to donate money so you can get an education after all.
HEY WAIT! This is exactly what Vallas is talking about doing in Bridgeport!
What the hell is wrong with these people!
To read the Philadelphia school post go to: http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/nakedcity/Philadelphia-School-District-announces-its-dissolution-.html