Many of you have sent letters to Governor Scott, the legislature and the members of the State School Board and they were all very good letters. I had so many of you send me what you had written before sending them out and I am honored for your trust.
Florida is in a serious and precarious position having the additional burden of dealing with Jeb Bush, his cronies and our legislators who find dealing with Public-Private Partnerships far more important than our children and their futures. We, true Floridians are angry and frustrated because we have listened and learned and we know their concern is not for our children but for their coffers. Money, Power and Control!
Having written about the Chairman of the State School Board first I thought I would jump to the end to introduce the new members of the State School Board since they are both so interesting.
In her bio she states she is a life-long educator at the age of 32. Let’s take a look at how she got to that experience.
She graduated from the Univ. of PA with a degree in Psychology in 04; attended Bank Street College of Edu. 04-06 for her Masters and during the same period was teaching for Teach For America (TFA) in the NYC schools. Two years of actual teaching and then in 2006, she became a Program Director for TFA, but she is a life-long educator!
If you have never heard of Bank Street College of Education it is probably because you are a strong Christian Conservative. Bank Street certainly is not to say the least, but Progressive for sure.
Bank Street College of Education was founded by Lucy Sprague Mitchell as the Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE). They were deeply involved in the creation of the “Head Start” program along with the National Education Assoc. which created the Educational Policies Commission (EPC). Bank Street in their teaching and beliefs stated they were influenced by revolutionary educator John Dewey and other humanists concluding they were building a new kind of educational system which is essential to building a better, more rational, humane world.
John Dewey! Scott, who recommended Rebecca Fishman Lipsey to sit on the Florida State School Board?
Business man that you are, you have no business making any decisions regarding the education of our children – look at the State School Board – not an educator present. Oh, that’s right, Pres. Of the board started KIPP in Jacksonville and neither of the schools are certified nor are half the teachers. Some leadership!
The Bureau of Education Experiments (BEE) also founded by Mitchell and her husband, stating their purpose was to “combine expanding psychological awareness with democratic conceptions of education”. With a staff of researchers and teachers, the Bureau set out to study children – to find out what kind of environment is best suited to their learning and growth, to create that environment, and to train adults to maintain it”. CHANGE AGENTS!
A CHANGE AGENT you say! What is that? A change agent is identified as someone, usually a teacher who is trained to “identify the resisters in your community” (those parents/taxpayers who resist all the value destroying programs being implemented from the likes of people like Jeb Bush, Achieve, CCSSO and NGA, National Diffusion Network, U.S. Dept. of Education and Carnegie to name a few).
This idea of Change Agents came from Havelock’s work and his 1970 book “Innovations in Education – A Change Agent’s Guide”. He was a federally-funded Marxist who chaired the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale teacher’s training program of which the U.S. Dept. of Education was promoting, funding and distributing WORLDWIDE in the 80’s.
And, of UTMOST importance, the Guidance Counselor’s journal stated in a special issue it published in May 1977 on “death education” that all these programs which had “education” hanging off the end of them: “sex, drugs, alcohol, death, bullying”, etc. were designed to do the opposite of what they told the parents and taxpayers they were designed to do. They were designed TO CHANGE THE CHILDREN’S VALUES FROM ABSOLUTES TO NO ABSOLUTES! (NO RIGHT, NO WRONG)
Scott, in case as a non-educator you are unaware, JOHN DEWEY was a professed MARXIST. His colleague’s would state, “Deweyism is the genuine fulfillment of Marxism”!
According to the Teach for America web site you would think they are the only ones concentrating on the low-income and poverty ridden students. The truth is this has been going on for years and they continue to use those students for experiments in education and then when it fails, blame those same students for being given rotten education to learn by.
Currently the TFA website states Florida has their teachers not only in Miami-Dade but Jacksonville (KIPP). Watch those test scores go down! What does TFA look for in “teacher” quality? Well, according to their web site page it says nothing about having been educated to be an educator. By attending their five-week (that’s a #5) summer training program these young college graduates are “ready, set, go”! Compensation isn’t bad either!
As noted in Part 1, not all of the KIPP teachers are certified and Florida’s state laws have been changed to allow Florida’s teachers up to 2 years to be certified. The state has no control over teachers employed by private schools.
Of note here is Ms. Lipsey has been working for TFA as a Program Director in Miami-Dade and this was one of the things the Miami-Dade Superintendent requested on the Race To The Top grant application – money to fund an “additional” 350 TFA teachers. He has done that!
Andy Tuck the second newbie on the FL SBOE –
His official name is Richard Andrew Tuck and he is from Sebring – a citrus grower and school board Chair. SBOE chair Chartrand stated upon his appointment, “It’s only appropriate that on the Florida Board of Education we have a citrus grower”! Really? Is that to mean along with his push for the Common Core Standards he maybe also believes in the school-to-work agenda to put the kids in the fields?
Tuck is listed on state records to be the owner and manager of Tuck Groves, Natural AG Solutions LLC and Southeast AG Management LLC.
Never having heard of him before I went to several friends in Highlands County where Tuck is from to ask their thoughts! Not good! Progressive, Common Core is a done deal – accept it. He was responsible for bringing the International Baccalaurate program to Highlands County which in case you don’t know is a Progressive United Nations/UNESCO curriculum that is also proprietary and no one in the FL DOE oversees anything about it.
Tuck served as a member of the Florida School Boards Association from 2012 to 2013 and was also on the Highlands County School Board for 5 years along with serving at one time as the counties Chairman of the Republican Party. His bio is not much different than Chartrand’s – a lot of words and organizations.
I was told he is Congressman Rooney’s fund raiser and he also held a fund raiser for Gov. Scott. In 2012, Scott appointed Tuck to the State Transportation Committee (I see nothing that gives him a background in this area either).
Now comes the interesting part – he also serves on the Central Florida Regional Planning Council which I think is what got him the appointment to the Florida Department of Management Services Task Force which was formed after the legislature made changes to Chapter 2013-223 Laws of Florida (HB85) which gives FREE REIGN to any and all PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS dealings in this state. No more bidding process to name one.
Rebecca Lipsey and Andy Tuck are replacing Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw who we have called for their replacement for some time. The following are the reasons for those recall requests, however the replacement are certainly not in the best interest of our children, education or Florida as a whole.
Kathleen Shanahan is with URETER an Agenda 21 Co, serves on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and a Fund Raiser for Jeb Bush Foundations. Sally Bradshaw was a former Jeb Bush Chief of Staff , Jan 1999 – 2001; Jeb Bush Campaign Mgr. 93-94 & 97-98; Jeb Bush Foundation for FL Future Exe. Dir. 95-97; Bush-Quayle Campaign FL Office Exe. Dir. 1992; Bush-Quayle Campaign D.C. Office Staff Assistant 1988 – there is more but I think you get the picture as to where her allegiance lies. The main reason for the recall request was because of their obvious loyalty to Jeb Bush and you just cannot serve 2 masters effectively.
Third newbie is Marva Johnson!
Johnson, 44, of Winter Garden, is a corporate vice president for Bright House Networks LLC. She currently serves as a board member for Central Florida Partnership and Business Force Florida. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, her master’s degree from Emory University and her law degree from Georgia State University. She succeeds Barbara Feingold.
As to the rest of the Florida State School Board members – all BUSINESS! Just where are the educators who should have been appointed to our State School Board? Non-existent because our education system has become a business?
In fact, you could say the corporations are taking over everything!
John Padget frequents New York, Europe and the Caribbean, looking after investments and supporting charitable activities. He founded Padget Associates, a private equity investment firm in Amsterdam; is President of the Monroe County Education Foundation and serves on the board of the FKCC Foundation. No real education experience here.
At least in part the Florida State Board of Education smells to high heaven and the parents/taxpayers of Florida can expect no help from them in regard to the CCS as was witnessed by their unprofessional behavior by some of the board members and the Commissioner of Education at last week’s meeting.