|Full House of Dunces : Katie Campos, education reform advocate, Eva Moskowitz, CEO of "$uccess" Charter Network, Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, and Jim Manly, Principal of Harlem "$uccess" Academy Deuce. Satan can also be seen in the reflected shadows on the ceiling.|
photo courtesy of : theinsurgentteacher.blogspot.com
The New York State Department of Education is doing their best impression of Ignatius Reilly in his teaching gig at the community college. Having postured and threatened districts from Tonawanda to New Paltz that they'd better have their APPR's turned in on time we're turning the corner into October and only 8 districts have been approved by the otherwise engaged slackers at NYSED. To this end they are advertising for temps to come help correct the papers as it were. The gig pays $50.00 an hour and applicants must have a master's degree and 5 years of classroom experience to become part of the team.
Imagine the Commissioner of State Education, John King's application being kicked back as he lacks the teaching experience and his major domo, former star employee of Plutocrats for Ed Reform, Katie Campos, likewise being turned away for the job as she lacks both the master's and the teaching chops. What ? you say, The Commissioner of State Education doesn't have 5 years of teaching experience? Well, no, not exactly. Neither of them are fit to evaluate the APPR's from the various districts around the state yet the Buffalo News proudly bleated that Campos was heavily involved in the creation of the absurd set of hoops set up by the state that none of her buddies in Charterville will be obliged to jump through. So a charter school groupie with a Sam Hoyt courtesy card in her car visor can be hired to take the number two seat in State Ed. sans one hour of teaching experience or the requisite Master's. She is put to work creating a Byzantine system of mousetraps, pitfalls and tarpits that public school teachers and administrators must all obey to the letter. Yet her fellow charterfolk. you know, members of the Chablis and Brie "reformer" class are exempt from the entire mess. I would love to hear the charter talking point that fills in the blank when they are asked about this invidious practice but I think by now we've heard enough of their equivocating gas that we could fill in the blanks without any help.
Suffice it to say Nepotism and duncery have a home in Albany and among the "reformer" class.