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Bloated Press Office Monitoring Education Blogs For Inaccuracies

593x231timeinsinglesstepha The NY Sun reports today that the DOE press office has begun to monitor 24 education blogs -- including this one -- for inaccuracies (Education Department Employs Squadron in Search for 'Truth'). 

They won't have any trouble finding those around here, that's for sure.

First conceived by deputy chancellor Chris Cerf during a weekend drinking binge, the "Truth Squad" includes no fewer than seven different staffers, who spend the day reading blogs and chatting about the new, shorter men's pant lengths this summer. 

Deputy communications director Stephanie Simon (pictured, possibly not her), who lost the office pool in a game of rock, paper, scissors, was assigned to this blog. 

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Seven people to monitor 24 blogs? They need to outsource.

odds on you getting a comment saying that is not in fact how this initiative got started?

Again, I must restate my surprise that the DOE has people on their staff who can read.
This is most comforting.

Again, I must restate my surprise that the DOE has people on their staff who can read.
This is most comforting.

Let's see if the Truth Squad can challenge this- the NYC Leadership Academy, the expensive principal training program that pays interns $80K required, up to last year, that would-be principal applicants have at least 3 years full-time teaching experience and 5 years work experience (in education or other). To fill its quota for this year, they dropped both requirements, so you now will have people with literally NO teaching or educational administrative experience who will be ordained principals within the next 12 months.

Personally, I know of 3 such cases. Comforting to know that our instructional leaders will have no first-hand instruction experiences when they rate teachers and design curriculum.


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