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Return of a Golden Oldie: Bedfellows Issue Yet Another Manifesto

Posted: 2006-06-08

After advising a reporter to put "Eli Broad" into a search on my site, I did the same thing. And I decided to reprise this article, from May 22, 2003. It got not a whit of reaction then. I hope people will read it now. The contest is still open.



Contest: Send in your answers. The most informative--and fun--will be posted.



The people below have signed a document, which they call a manifesto.



1) Study the names and then offer three suggestions about what nifty plan for public schools they've come up with:



a)



b)



c)





2) What's their motive?





3) What other nifty project would you suggest they organize?



a)



b)



c)



4) What 3 adjectives best describe this group?



Bonus Question:



5) Operating on the disreputable Six Degress of Separation theory, explain your kinship with any of these signers, i.e., Is William Bennett your step-uncle's cousin twice removed--or did you play the slots next to him?



If you'd rather explain how far you are separated--and why--that's ok too.






Signers as of May 1, 2003

(As you read the list, try to imagine what they are up to.)



Steven Adamowski, Assistant Professor, Education Leadership and Policy Studies

(former CEO, Cincinnati Public Schools), University of Missouri at St. Louis



Lamar Alexander, United States Senator



Jeanne Allen, President, The Center for Education Reform



Leslye A. Arsht, Chairman and Co-founder, StandardsWork, Inc.



William Bennett, Co-director, Empower America



Alan D. Bersin, Superintendent of Public Education, San Diego City Schools



Stacey Boyd, former President and CEO, Project Achieve



Eli Broad, Founder, Broad Foundation



Sheila Byrd, Education Policy Consultant



Thomas W. Carroll, President, Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability



Michael D. Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools



John Chubb, Chief Education Officer and Vice President, Edison Schools



Judy Codding, Vice-President, National Center on Education and the Economy



Barbara Davidson, Executive Director, HireStandards



Paula Dawning, Broad Fellow Graduate and Superintendent, Benton Harbor Area Schools, Michigan



Candace deRussy, Trustee , State University of New York and Member of Board of Visitors, Air Force Academy



Denis P. Doyle, Co-founder and CAO, SchoolNet, Inc.



Bill Evers, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University



Mike Feinberg, Co-founder, KIPP



Emily Feistritzer, President, National Center for Education Information



Chester E. Finn, Jr., President , Thomas B. Fordham Institute



Mary Lee Fitzgerald, Former Commissioner of Education, New Jersey Department of Education



Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education, Marquette University



William F. Goodling, Former Chairman, Committee on Education and the Workforce, United States House of Representatives



Jay P. Greene, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute



Peter R. Greer, Headmaster, The Montclair Kimberley Academy



Paul R. Gross, University Professor of Life Sciences, emeritus, University of Virginia



Allen Grossman, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School



James W. Guthrie, Director, Peabody Center for Education Policy, Vanderbilt University



Scott Hamilton, President and Co-founder, KIPP



Eric Hanushek, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University



Frederick Hess, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute



Anne Higdon, CEO and Superintendent, ISUS Trade and Technology Prep



E.D. Hirsch, Chairman, Core Knowledge Foundation



Gary Huggins, Executive Director, Education Leaders Action Council



Dan Katzir, Managing Director, Broad Foundation



Lisa Graham Keegan, CEO, Education Leaders Council



Leo Klagholz, Former Commissioner of Education, New Jersey Department of Education



Martin Kozloff, Watson Distinguished Professor of Education, University of North Carolina at Wilmington



Rita Kramer, Author, Ed School Follies: The Miseducation of America's Teachers



David Levin, Co-founder and Superintendent, KIPP



Tom Loveless, Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution



Frank J. Macchiarola, President, St. Francis College and former New York City Schools Chancellor



Bruno Manno, Senior Associate for Education, Annie E. Casey Foundation



Don McAdams, President, Center for Reform of School Systems



Deborah M. McGriff, Chief Communications Officer, Edison Schools



Terry M. Moe, Professor, Political Science, Stanford University



William J. Moloney, Commissioner of Education, Colorado Department of Education



Cathy Nehf Lund , Project Director, Walton Family Foundation, Inc.



Ronald L. Ottinger, President, Board of Education, San Diego City Schools



Bill Owens, Governor of Colorado



Michael Podgursky, Professor of Economics, University of Missouri at Columbia



Andrew J. Rotherham, Director of Education Policy, Progressive Policy Institute



David Warren Saxe, Member, Pennsylvania State Board of Education



John Schilling, Chief of Staff, Education Leaders Council



Lewis C. Solmon, Former Dean, Graduate School of Education, UCLA



David Steiner, Chairman, Department of Administration, Training, and Policy Studies; School of Education, Boston University*



Richard A. Stoff, President, Ohio Business Roundtable



Suzanne Tacheny, Member, California Board of Education



Abigail Thernstrom, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, and member of the Massachusetts Board of Education



Marc Tucker, President, National Center on Education and the Economy



Herbert J. Walberg, Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University



John Walton, Walton Family Foundation, Inc.



Bradford Wilson, Executive Director, National Association of Scholars



Charles Zogby, former Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania



Wowzer!



All of the above signed the manifesto titled "Better Leaders for America's Schools," published jointly by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and The Broad Foundation.



This manifesto announces:



American public education faces a "crisis in leadership" that cannot be alleviated from traditional sources of school principals and superintendents. Its signers do not believe this crisis can be fixed by conventional strategies for preparing, certifying and employing education leaders. Instead, they urge that first-rate leaders be sought outside the education field, earn salaries on par with their peers in other professions, and gain new authority over school staffing, operations and budgets.



Translation: Make it easy for retired military and business executives to become school principals and superintendents.



http://www.edexcellence.net/foundation/publication/publication.cfm?id=1



The site features out-of-the box school leaders, principals who did not enter the field from conventional means. Oops! One of those featured is Joseph Olchefske, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Washington. Make that "former superintendent"; Olchefske just got the axe. Fordham's take on this:



"What appears to have happened is that Olchefske's agenda of uniformly high expectations for every child roiled the Seattle Education Association, which bided its time until news of the district's financial problems surfaced, then pounced."



Alan Bersin, a former federal prosecutor, also got the boot in San Diego but then Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him state secretary of education, so all the corporados are still happy.



John Fryer, the retired Air Force general, became superintendent in Duval County and is now the CEO of the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), launched by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), Marc Tucker's outfit, and funded by--are you ready--the Broad Foundation.



Please send your suggestions for what important agendas this Broad-Fordham alliance could take on next.

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