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Burlington, VT

Sanders' Final Speech in Iowa Sounded Like His First

Bernie paid wife, stepdaughter with campaign money, but he claims it's Hillary who is corrupt? Time for Sanders to explain his hypocrisy. To date, he has never done so. http://www.progres nie-sanders-used-c ampaign-donations- pay-family-members -2000-2004/  (Feb 4, 2016 | post #2)

Burlington, VT

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, for all his bluster about the elite political class and Hillary's connections to financial kingmakers, has never explained or justified paying his wife and stepdaughter with campaign money. Here's the evidence. http://www.progres nie-sande... It's high time for Sanders to come clean on this - and stop the hypocrisy.  (Feb 4, 2016 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

Bernie paid wife, stepdaughter from campaign funds

Bernie Sanders, for all his bluster about the elite political class and Hillary's connections to financial kingmakers, has never explained or justified paying his wife and stepdaughter with campaign money. Here's the evidence. http://www.progres nie-sanders-used-c ampaign-donations- pay-family-members -2000-2004/ It's high time for Sanders to come clean on this - and stop the hypocrisy.  (Feb 4, 2016 | post #1)

Burlington, VT

♛ ♛ ♛ New-York-born councilor wants to ...

No sooner does Burlington City Councilor Tom Ayres take office than he starts lobbying to dig up North Avenue and start changing what has been working fine, thank you, for a hundred years or more. Yup, the smiling New-York-born Ayres wrote a column in The North Avenue Snooze talking about making changes, like installing round-abouts. Maybe round-abouts and fixing things that aren't broke work in New York, which is where Ayres hails from. Then he moves to Burlington and needs to fix it? As Burlington native Dan Cohen wrote to Ayres: "What, specifically, do you think is wrong with North Avenue? "There is nothing wrong. "Traffic moves fine, bicycles move fine, pedestrians move fine. "And, you are talking about making changes, like installing round-abouts and all that crap? "Please leave North Avenue, and everything associated with it, alone." FMI: http://southprospe ctstreet.blogspot. com  (May 25, 2014 | post #1)

New York, NY

BULLETIN: Turnaround for Children Inc. finally admits fai...

By TED COHEN After months and months of denying its failure in NYC schools, Turnaround for Children Inc. is now admitting defeat. http://m.bizjourna s/2013/09/13/how-t urnaround-for-chil ml?page=all&r= full Gary Stern, author of the Bizjournal article, clearly checked his facts before he went to press. Hats off to Stern. The facts about failing NYC test scores: http://www.nytimes .com/2013/08/08/ny region/under-new-s tandards-students- see-sharp-decline- in-test-scores.htm l?pagewanted=all &_r=0 http://www.nydaily education/city-stu dents-scores-drama tic-plunge-new-sta ndardized-tests-ar ticle-1.1419973#ix zz2bKyyrzVI FMI: http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres ulletin-turnaround -for-children-inc- finally-admits-fai lures/  (Oct 12, 2013 | post #1)

Bethesda, MD

EdWeek complicit in Turnaround for Children Inc.’s coverup

By Ted Cohen The top school official in a major American city as part of an education-reform initiative is bringing in yet another private foundation, yet as little is known about Turnaround for Children Inc. as is known about how it fits into Supt. Cami Anderson’s plan to modernize Newark, New Jersey’s schools. In the meantime, Tom Vander Ark writes for Education Week (http://blogs.edwe nnovation/2013/08/ fortified_environm ents_can_turnaroun d_the_adverse_impa cts_of_poverty.htm l) that Turnaround has been a blazing success in other school districts. Vander Ark apparently missed the headlines in New York City in August 2013, when government officials announced disastrous proficiency-test scores in Turnaround schools. Turnaround’s failures are at the heart of why New Jersey is making a mistake engaging with and funding Turnaround. Anderson arrived in New Jersey’s largest school district in two years ago, bringing with her an education-reform movement. The city's public schools are among the lowest-performing in the state, even after the state government took over their management in 1995. Although the school district continues to struggle with low high school-graduation rates and low standardized-test scores, the mayor of Newark, Cory Booker, insists, "Newark, New Jersey can become one of the first American cities to solve the crisis in public education." The vision for better school district is also shared by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who made a $100 million donation to Newark Public Schools in 2010. HuffPost’s Joy Resmovits called Newark “a national test case for the fixing of troubled urban schools and the use of major philanthropic dollars in an educational system.” What is Turnaround and what is its proposed role in Newark? The best source for information would be Turnaround, right? Wrong. Turnaround has refused to provide information about its failed foray into Orange schools and whether that experience foretells problems in Newark. Turnaround’s entry into the reform movement began with Orange, N.J., as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. But as soon as the Orange effort began, it failed, according to Turnaround’s nonprofit filing with the Internal Revenue Service. Tax documents filed with the IRS by Turnaround disclose the program's unexpected suspension. The documents, a public record, also reveal that Turnaround was forced to return the remaining part of the grant that funded the program. "Management decided to terminate its three-school program earlier than planned," Turnaround officials told the IRS. In their IRS filing, Turnaround officials blamed the short-lived program's demise on what they vaguely described as a "shift in organizational priorities." But officials failed to disclose what they meant by the change or who instigated it. Turnaround officials issued a prepared statement defending their Orange pullout. “Our hope was to expand the partnership,” said Kate Felsen, chief flak. Felsen will not go beyond her prepared statement. When asked who funded the Orange effort and who will be funding the Newark plan, Felsen replied, “You have my statement.” More to the point, attempts by journalists to procure information from this so-called “transparent” group – as described by – have been met with silence, stalling and arrogance. We offered our own editorial to Education Week ( 1e9iQEnkZ7VJD_HWz1 LUOW68EPmEzcS_v6Xs 8_owS5co/edit?usp= sharing) but to no avail. Ed Week officials refuse to print it or even a letter to the ed. Ted Cohen of Maine is a veteran newspaper and radio reporter. He can be reached at tedcohen@hotmail.c om. Follow him on Twitter: @Tedcohen1. FMI: http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres ducation-weeks-13- million-funders-no w-hearing-our-plea -for-transparency- cohen-seeking-to-t ear-down-this-wall -ms-edwards-grant- us-editorial-balan ce-on-your-turnaro und-for-children-i nc-whit/  (Sep 15, 2013 | post #1)

Washington, DC

$260,000,000 taxpayer dollars in a snub at American Insti...

Bowing to public pressure, leaders of American Institutes for Research have mollified their refusal to grant a major blogger space to respond to Vice President $377,000-a-year David Osher’s glowing commentary on Turnaround for Children Inc.’s alleged successes reaching at-risk children in public schools. Only after reporter Ted Cohen filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Inspector General did officials decide they not only have a legal problem denying adequate public editorial access – since they receive $260,000,000 a year in taxpayer money – but they fear that funding could now be in real jeopardy. And they also granted Osher space to add another two cents to try to defend his failure to include disastrous test scores in his so-called “research.” His "research " failed to disclose the drooping test scores in NYC schools in which Turnaround for Children Inc. has been operating. http://www.nytimes .com/2013/08/08/ny region/under-new-s tandards-students- see-sharp-decline- in-test-scores.htm l?pagewanted=all &_r=0 In the following link, you will see $377,000-a-year Osher’s blog post, below which top officials have published Cohen's response. http://www.gtlcent ng-positive-relati onships-truly-disa dvantaged-schools It took them nearly two weeks to conclude that their delayed decision to publish Cohen's response is what they call ‘compliant’ with their commenting policy “posted on the website.” "If there is a comment policy posted on the GTL website, it’s news to us," Cohen said of his blogging team. He added, "They reached such a conclusion only after I served notice that I would pursue my complaint with the top cop at the U.S. Department of Education. We call that “running scared.” "As in, running scared that their annual $260,000,000 in government money will fall under a federal audit – meaning they would lose that support if the inspector general concludes that they are freezing the public out of editorial access to their partisan commentary." If you don’t want to wade through Osher to get to Cohen, here is his unfettered version: https://docs.googl hlpbN5nB9O7A4aytAd uqil_NG19INWntVj4Y lnd6iq8/edit?usp=s haring "When is done trying to silence me, they will have to deal with Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education," Cohen said. In that role, General Tighe is what you might call the agency’s top cop – rooting out fraud. General Tighe has impressive credentials in such a role, according to Tighe has a lengthy background in government accountability and a wealth of experience fighting fraud. http://breakinggov .com/2012/01/26/fe ds-work-kathleen-t ighe-helps-recover y-board-stay-trans parent/ Prior to becoming the IG at Education, she was the Deputy Inspector General at the Agriculture Department. From 1995 to 2005, she served as Counsel to the Inspector General, General Services Administration and, before that, she was an Assistant Counsel for the Office of Inspector General. From 1988 until 1991, she was a Trial Attorney with the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice. General Tighe’s office published this mission statement: “To promote the efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of the Department’s programs and operations, we conduct independent and objective audits, investigations, inspections, and other activities. Anyone knowing of fraud, waste, or abuse of Department of Education funds should contact the OIG Hotline to make a confidential report.” FMI: http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres  (Sep 8, 2013 | post #1)

Newark, NJ

Newark giving cold shoulder to Turnaround for Children Inc.?

http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres urnaround-for-chil dren-inc-s-newark- plans-on-ice-seems -theres-a-crack-in -the-foundation/ Turnaround for Children Inc. just three months ago said it was “launching a partnership” with Newark schools. And now? Turnaround’s advertisements for a social-media manager and a communications manager now say they are “exploring a partnership” with Newark schools. Why the retrenching? Could it be that Turnaround got cold feet as a result of its disastrous results in NYC and Washington, D.C.? Meanwhile, back at the farm, Turnaround’s staff has now decided it’s so overworked dealing with our critiques it has created yet a third job. Good things come in threes when you are throwing (other people’s) good money after bad. The Social Media Marketing Manager – which is the third new job for which applicants are being sought – is responsible for developing and implementing “social and digital media strategy.” This is the third communications position Turnaround for Children Inc. is advertising. The hires will report to Kate Felsen, who is Turnaround’s overworked vice president for communications.  (Aug 22, 2013 | post #1)

Newark, NJ

Like on Facebook the blogger who makes Turnaround for Chi...

http://www.faceboo SchoolsForSale/232 545356897969 Also: http://NewarkSchoo lsForSale.wordpres  (Aug 18, 2013 | post #1)

Newark, NJ

Turnaround Children Inc. and its Campbell Brown lack tran...

http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres urnaround-children -campbell-brown-ki ssin-cousins  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #2)

Newark, NJ

Turnaround for Children Inc.’s staff: ‘We’re overworked!’

Why does Turnaround for Children Inc. have its own staff publicist? So it can fritter away donors’ dollars by hiring outside contractors to do the “work” that would otherwise presumably be done by Kate Felsen, who is Turnaround’s mouthpiece-in-chie f? Case in point: When Turnaround won a $332,500 state, taxpayer-funded grant to promote its alleged work with public-school students at risk, it hired SKDKnickerbocker to drum up a press release announcing the multi-thousand-dol lar hand-out. That press release was written by Kerri Lyon, a well-recompensed senior vice president at SKDKnickerbocker And this is the same Turnaround organization that claims to have the financial-manageme nt skills to run a reform-education program in Newark’s schools? Speaking of which, Felsen is so busy farming her work out to private contractors that she hasn’t found the time to answer our basic question: Which schools will Turnaround be operating in come September? We’ll get back to you when Felsen comes up with an answer. Promise. Meanwhile, if you are wondering, “who the hell is SKDKnickerbocker?” here is what says about that company: As we’ve reported, SKDKnickerbocker is led by a team of former Democratic operatives and key White House figures. But instead of promoting a progressive agenda, or even an Obama agenda, these consultants score huge contracts by helping corporate interests lobby for policies that are not in line with the public interest. Many SKDKnickerbocker employees, including Anita Dunn, a former White House communications director, are also frequent White House visitors. We’ve compiled a partial list of SKDKnickerbocker’s clients. Since the firm refuses to register as an ordinary lobbying firm, we don’t know their full roster of clients: -– SKDKnickerbocker was hired by Kaplan Education to block Obama’s reforms on for-profit college companies, an industry plagued by low quality education, false promises to students, and fraudulent business practices. -– SKDKnickerbocker was hired to push for billions in tax breaks for already profitable corporations. As Bloomberg reported, SKDKnickerbocker manages a lobbying campaign called “Win America,” an effort by companies like Google and Pfizer to receive hundreds of billions in tax breaks on profits made overseas. -– SKDKnickerbocker was hired by a coalition of food manufacturers to fight the Obama administration’s proposals on food nutrition standards. As the Washington Post reported, the firms paying Dunn include General Mills and PepsiCo. – SKDKnickerbocker consults for Students First, a lobbying group aimed at destroying collective bargaining, and replacing public education with a mix of charters, private schools, and online learning companies. According to documents revealed by the blog At The Chalk Face, Students First helped craft bills in Michigan to break teachers unions by severely limiting collective bargaining. – SKDKnickerbocker previously worked with the Association of American Railroads, a group representing large railroad companies. When the railroad industry was in a pitched battle with their respective labor unions, SKDKnickberbocker produced ads for the railroad lobby. - See more at: http://www.republi eal-hilary-rosen-s candal/#sthash.XXh 0tPBf.dpuf http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres urnaround-for-chil dren-inc-s-staff-w ere-overworked  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #1)

Newark, NJ

Reporter to Cami, Cerf: “Open those files;” appeal imminent

http://newarkschoo lsforsale.wordpres pra-appeal-filing- imminent  (Jul 27, 2013 | post #2)

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