The teabaggers are pushing for privatized charter schools:After filing the suit against Citibank in 1994, Obama had a new opportunity come his way in 1995.
The Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) was a Chicago public school reform project from 1995 to 2001 that worked with half of Chicago's public schools and was funded by a $49.2 million, 2-to-1 matching challenge grant over five years from the Annenberg Foundation. The grant was contingent on being matched by $49.2 million in private donations and $49.2 million in public money
The three co-authors of Chicago's winning Annenberg Challenge $49.2 million grant proposal were:
William Ayers, Anne Hallett and Warren Chapman,
The founding Board of Directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge as announced in 1995 were:
Patricia Albjerg Graham
Stanley O. Ikenberry
Arnold R. Weber
Raymond G. Romero
Susan M. Crown,
Handy L. Lindsey, Jr.
Barack Obama, elected by the Board of Directors as founding chairman and president of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (19951999), resigned as chairman and president in September 1999 to run as a candidate in the 2000 Democratic primary for the 1st Congressional District of Illinois.
An August 2003 final technical report of the Chicago Annenberg Research Project by the Consortium on Chicago School Research said that while "student achievement improved across Annenberg Challenge schools as it did across the Chicago Public School system as a whole, results suggest that among the schools it supported, the Challenge had little impact on school improvement and student outcomes, with no statistically significant differences between Annenberg and non-Annenberg schools in rates of achievement gain, classroom behavior, student self-efficacy, and social competence.
So then, almost 150 Million Dollars going to a special project to help the Chicago Public School System---the result, well the money was spent but there was "no statistically significant difference" in any catagory.
Another failure for our media-elected President.
October 24, 2012
The principal of a failed Orange County charter school took home a check for more than $500,000 as the school closed down in June and is still being paid thousands of dollars a month to wrap up the school's affairs.
The check for $519,453.36 in taxpayer money was cut to Kelly Young, principal of NorthStar High School, two days after the Orange County School Board accepted the school's plan to close in lieu of being shut down for poor performance.
Because charter schools do not have to report their principals' salaries in Florida, it is unclear how many might have contracts or salaries similar to Young's.
School boards must authorize charters but have little oversight authority once they are opened. Expanding charter schools and school choice are priorities of Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican Legislature.
According to a required annual audit of the NorthStar received by the district Oct. 1, Young is still being paid $8,700 bi-monthly to shut down the school.
The Orlando Sentinel reports ( http://thesent.nl/RNmor4 ) that Young received $824,000 in taxpayer money, including the departure payment. Meanwhile, the school spent $366,042 on instruction, including teacher salaries.
Just like the Jeb Bush store front "charter" schools, a dismal failure.