Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Teachers Are Absolutely Screwed in Northern Nevada

They are screwed when they have a Board of Trustees so willing to carry out the bidding of privatizers. This WCSD board member, who actually is a retired educator of many years at the district, is peddling "reformer" talking points when she should know better.

But she has her cushy pension and probably a husband with a cushy pension, so she has hers and to hell with everybody else.

As I wrote following this piece blathering about the "joys" of "reform":

Dr. McLaury points to a Donald R. McAdams as an "expert" on education "reform." Just who is this guy?

From this website:

Donald R. McAdams is the Chairman and Founder of CRSS. From 1990 to 2002, McAdams served as a member of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education, a tenure that included two terms as board president. Among the changes he helped institute in the school district during that time were the implementation of school accountability, district decentralization, the establishment of charter schools, the outsourcing of most HISD business functions to private contractors, more flexible personnel management policies, an academic core curriculum for high school students, a new elementary school reading curriculum, promotion standards, and other improvements in education and management.

In 2002, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige appointed McAdams to the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and in 2003 Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed him to a Select Committee charged with preparing legislative proposals for a new public school finance system for Texas. McAdams has served as a member of the National Commission on Governance, Education Commission of the States, the Educational Leadership Advisory Council of the Wallace-Readers Digest Funds, and as a consultant to the Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


Houston's school district was a disaster under these "reformers." With a school board that is so enthralled with debunked and discredited privatization efforts, teachers at WCSD are doomed, especially older teachers.

Washoe County voters had better look very closely into any potential ties of the school board with the forces out to destroy public education in the United States. That includes sources of campaign contributions for those running for the Board of Trustees. McLaury and company should have been sent packing a long time ago.

It's about too late for the country as a whole, thanks to our worthless president and his equally worthless Secretary of Education, but there needs to be a major pushback regardless.

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