We have reached the end of the Delaware Priority Schools FOIA Saga. This picture actually harkens back to the bygone days of the Summer of 2014, but it was always my intention to save this one for last.
At this point in time you are probably thinking “Uh, okay, what’s the big deal about this? Just another education reform Turnaround School document. I’m sure these are a dime a dozen around the DOE offices.” You are right. But if you look at the bottom right corner, there is an emblem for the University of Virginia. The very same university that Red Clay put in their priority schools plan to use as a vendor to help out with their priority schools. But if the DOE used WestEd earlier in the summer to get help with the Memorandum of Understanding and the methodology for the calculation of the priority schools, and Red Clay used University of Virginia, doesn’t that mean… Yes, there was some collusion somewhere along the way between the summer and when Red Clay officially signed on in December 2014…
We know Penny Schwinn used WestEd as a consultant in the summer, and she asked them for a turnaround plan to work on the Delaware priority schools initiative. Did she work with someone at Red Clay in advance to get the University of Virginia thing going? Who? Hugh Broomall? He is mentioned in a couple emails in this FOIA party. This Transparent Christina link may shed some light on what was going on at Red Clay when they announced this:
There will be one more part after this, maybe two. I want to put all this together along with some other sources and put a working theory together on what the DOE was up to with the whole priority schools deal.