As cranky, if not outright despondent*, as I might get about the political state of U.S. education, I find some small consolation in the notion that reformers are never entirely honest (and sometimes flat-out dishonest) whether it’s fixing class composition to make charters look better or misrepresenting what test scores mean. I think, slowly, people are starting to realize just how ridiculous ‘reform’ is.
Anyway, that’s the prelude to a story about the ‘leadership’ of a Philadelphia charter school that took the Fifth Amendment 77 times in a hearing to decide if its charter should be revoked. Here’s some of the questions they refused to answer:
“Ms. Hinson, in December of 2009 were you the chief administrative officer of the Walter Palmer Charter School?”
“Ms. Hinson, from 2009 through 2014, were you considered an officer of the Walter Palmer Charter School?”
“Ms. Hinson, what are your qualifications to be an officer of the Walter Palmer Charter School?”
“Ms. Hinson, do you have a master’s degree?”
“Ms. Hinson, are you currently employed by the Walter Palmer Charter School?”…
“Are you an officer of the charter school?”
“Sir, what are your qualifications to be the controller of the Walter Palmer Charter School?”
“Sir, on July 10, 2013, did you participate in an interview with an attorney from Pepper Hamilton?”
“Sir, can you explain to the hearing officer, how, as the person responsible for complying with generally accepted audit and fiscal procedures, you’re not able to answer any of our questions here today?”
Then there’s this bit:
When the questioning turned to why the school had billed the district for students after they had withdrawn, the answers became limited.
That was to the tune of $1.5 million in a single year. Gee, I can’t seem to find…hell, where is it? …
Excellent example for the children.
*I couldn’t, in good faith, recommend anyone to enter teaching in light of all the political crap teachers have to endure. This is not a good thing.