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Thompson: Rushed, Rigid "Broadies" Don't Last Long

Duncan broad inaugWhen my district hired a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy , it seemed like we had been doubly lucky, hiring an incredibly talented individual who was supported by the Broad team.  The superintendent's sincerity was beyond question, and he was gracious even when I defeated him in a buffalo chip throwing contest!  But he was in too much of a hurry to implement the Broad playbook and was forced to resign after six months.  Chicago's new superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard, is also from the Broad School.  We should ask why Brizard could not get along with the archetypical union reformer, Adam Urbanski.  Rochester teachers have long supported Urbanski's moderation, but 95%  of them expressed "no confidence" in Brizzard. Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post  explains that Brizard, a former teacher, was a good listener when he was in New York City but that he in Rochester he seemed to have adopted the Broad "one-size fits all" ideology.  - JT(@drjohnthompson) Image via.

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There are a couple of good things out recently on Broad and Brizard.

From the Cherrycreek News in Denver comes a story linking Denver's own lousy Broadie supe to the Parents Across America's new guide to the Broad empire. They publish the whole detailed guide, and it is very useful.

“Parents group hits back at billionaire Broad's influence on education."
"A national parent group is attacking the influence of LA billionaire Eli Broad's influence on public education, a reach that extends into Denver with the controversial non-educator Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Tom Boasberg. Parents Across America have published this parent's guide to the influence of the Broad Fourndation:”
http://thecherrycreeknews.com/news-mainmenu-2/1-latest/5838-parents-group-hits-back-at-billionaire-broads-influence-on-education.html


From Chicago, Ramsin Canon’s dry and very informative blog, Mechanics, is a magnificent new find.
“Chicago's New Schools CEO: Courageous in Pursuit of What's Best for His Students”
http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2011/04/19/chicagos-new-schools-ceo-a-primer/

That Flicker photo you ran of Duncan at Eli Broad's Obama inauguration dinner brings back memories. I put it up on my Daily Kos Chemtchr blog, in about March of 2009. That's when I realized Obama had handed the US public schools over to the evil old man. I cried.

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