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Dec 10, 2010

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ALaw

I have non-profit and we are an honest SES Provider, we are done with program. A honest provider can't make. We let title 1 know who is doing wrong, they turn a blind eye. I have even sent them video and still nothing. Its a joke. We got into this for the right reason. but this will make your head spin

Concerned in SC

First, who am I? I was an Education Director (basically a county manager) for a local SES tutoring company for the last 4 years.

The author of this article is on the mark. While I and my staff under me genuinely cared for the success and well-being of our students, I was deeply disturbed by what I saw as no more than a bandage at best. We only were able to provide approximately 30 hours (total) of tutoring to each student in groups of 5 or more students per tutor, yet the staggering amounts that my employer was able to charge the county per student was insane.

Results? Sure, any additional instruction given to a student is likely to be helpful, but the results were negligible. Our company claimed a grade level improvement in test scores, but those claims were based on less than scientific results, to say the least.

Finally, I suppose what really made me stand back and look at the program in a different light was when my sister (Former regional director for the same company) returned to the classroom and had to take a PAY CUT to teach in the public schools. Further, those same teachers are having to pay for their own copy paper (beyond two boxes per semester -- note: she teaches in a school in a higher income district -- I can only imagine what teachers in lower income schools are subjected to) yet we throw money at these programs? Where is the logic in that?

I would welcome the opportunity to lobby against the continuation of such waste. Need a voice in SC? You've found it -- contact me.

nclbfraud

Too many times an SES provider supports their program when posting a comment, but fail to name their tutoring company. Why is that, AlanFdn? I would think you would want everyone to know how effective you are.

alanfdn

I am a S.E.S. provider (non profit) in California and Oregon and I will not defend certain practices of for profit providers but I not think tutoring of students is a poor investment indeed the Rand Report found such tutoring as an effective means intervention. The tutoring must be conducted in a effective manner ....that is the question that needs to be asked in your state. Real oversight only helps the program and I for one expect to be held accountable for any public funds. The use of federal funds for tutoring is a far better investment than the numerous federal programs that are not only wasteful but purely political. How much $ was spent in your state on making sure the "pork" buys votes? Don't be so influenced by the "educational lobby" one only needs to see what that has brought us, in ineffective schools by the thousands, the inability of of our students to meet the requirements of a modern society and unions that block all manner of reforms. Educational "experts" such the individual cited and the likes of Diane Ravitch who get $15,000 an appearance to tell what to do, when none of them have taught in a low performing school... want to do some investigating check out that lobby and the likes of Ravitch who write endless articles funded often by federal funds.

kingjurisdoctor

I'm in a rush, but here you go... I successfully defended one Jerry Doyle on criminal charges based on his First Amendment Demonstrations against corporate malfeasance at Columbus Public Schools, there is video here:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2010/12/kingcast-sees-dekalb-county-ga-and.html


09 December 2010

KingCast sees DeKalb County, GA and Columbus, Ohio Citizens fight back on NCLB malfeasance and fraud, millions of taxpayer money in "blanket purchase orders" wasted in Felony Price Fixing.

R.I.C.O. Sauve.....Watch the second video from Justiceforkids first. In it, a Columbus Public Schools financial officer admits that NCLB SES providers are indeed Price Fixing exorbitant rates, often more than $100 an hour, for services. My former client Jerry Doyle and I have lawfully assembled with many others to raise consciousness and awareness regarding fraudulent activities (like Sherry Bird long diverting $200K to her hubby's company) at the Columbus Public Schools, and other shady practices at Columbus City Hall, as noted in the top video.

But now the people at Justiceforkids.net and at Dekalb County School Watch journal are highlighting some serious issues when it comes to millions of taxpayer monies being spent for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Supplemental Education Service (SES) providers. The Dekalb entry takes a "fill-in-the-blank" approach to show that their situation is the same as the Columbus situation. It's heinous and the Federales need to roll in there and start putting people in handcuffs. If they don't we will all recognize that they are part of the problem and not the solution.


Speaking of problems, the Ohio Inspector General Thomas P. Charles (does he even have a college degree for Pete's sake his bio didn't say so) doesn't want to hear any, so he wrote Justiceforkids and told them they can't issue any more complaints, ever. Wow. Did somebody say "Substantive and Procedural Due Process lawsuit?"
Well not in Ohio, because just as in New Hampshire, if you buck the system as a lawyer you will pay in one way or another. So we're gonna' go underground on 'em with Citizen Media. There's more than one way to skin a cat.
Meanwhile the Columbus Dispatch reports of some wicked infighting between Board Veep Stephanie Groce and Supe Gene Harris, who got a "No-Confidence" vote, remember that? I do. KingCast, June, 2006.
As a former AAG, someone who drank the Kool-Aid and believed in government, I am appalled, the people of Columbus, Dekalb County, and all across America (Daily Kos 2005 "Corner Schools" feature) are going to join together in righteous indignation and demand
accountability from our Elected Officials and corporate citizens, and I am going to get it all on video, just as I started with Tuesday's "Can't find the note or mortgage holder" pinball wizard foreclosure hearing before newly-minted NH Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn, who punted it down the hall. Watch how horrible this guy and newly-minted Chief Justice Linda Dalianis are at the KingCast NH Executive Council confirmation hearing movies.Here is the public records request sent to Columbus School Board.
Here is some of my email chain with Purchasing Director Dennis Carney 614-365-5820.
The Deal is this:
3213.3
FINANCE, BUSINESS, AND NONINSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS
A manual shall be maintained which includes, but is not
limited to, procedures for outside purchasing, internal
requisitioning and distributing, and internal and external
auditing.
Carney (what an appropriate name for this freak-show we're watching) says that there is no manual on dealing with this issue with these specific procedures, or more accurately he says the grid is the manual.


Mr. King,

The manual is the one-page Purchasing Requirements Summary that was attached to both of my previous e-mails. The summary is easy to use, very concise, and has been used by the district for about 8 years.


There is a purchasing grid chart you can see in this Columbus Free Press story. Whatever the case, he contradicted his Assistant Treasurer who said that blanket PO's have a different process than the regular PO's, and he can't get around the fact that Mr. Carney's own staff admitted price fixing. Bring on the cuffs and send a pair on up to Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy's Office while you're at it. Watch her evil "arrest 'em all" attitude in the First Video. We used to hang out, and she used to be chill with Bob Fitrakis at the Columbus Free Press, now she's gone to the dark side.
posted by Christopher King at 10:20 AM

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