A group of current and former State Superintendents, Secretaries, and Chiefs, as well as district Superintendents, wrote an Amici Curiae in Support of Petition to Review letter to the Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the Chief Justice for the California Supreme Court regarding the overturning of the Vergara verdict in April of this year. This is not the same letter Diane Ravitch wrote about here. This group consists of the following:
Dr. John Deasy: former Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District
John White: Louisiana Superintendent of Education
Hanna Skandera: New Mexico Secretary of Education
Dr. Steve Canavero: Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mark Murphy: former Delaware Secretary of Education
Kevin Huffman: former Tennessee Commissioner of the Department of Education
Cami Anderson: former District Superintendent for Newark, New Jersey Public Schools
Jean-Claude Brizard: former Chief Executive for Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Randolph Ward: San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
Note that all the individuals in red are currently Chiefs in Chiefs for Change, the Jeb Bush run outfit. Does anyone really see that as a coincidence? As Diane Ravitch pointed out earlier this year,
which was established by Jeb Bush to promote school choice, charters, vouchers, online charter schools, the Common Core, and high-stakes testing
There are very good reasons why so many of these people are “former” education leaders. Cami Anderson resigned after students occupied her office as a result of her unprecedented charter school empire/public education destruction in Newark, NJ. Mark Murphy resigned after he royally botched a priority school initiative and was given multiple votes of no confidence by union organizations and the state administrator organization in Delaware. Kevin Huffman resigned in Tennessee as the Achievement School District continues to be a model of failure to be spread to other states. Jean-Claude Brizard admitted he didn’t know how to do his job so he threw the Chicago public schools to the charter wolves with Bill Gates money. Deasy, who resigned from the L.A. Unified School District, with lavish financial scandals and was last seen training district superintendents under the Broad fellowship training.
Should the courts listen to those who twist numbers for their own benefits in what they deem as a success while skewing words to label teachers as failures? Who help to create the very conditions that have and do lead to pressure cookers for teachers in public education? Who believe that corporate interference is the only viable solution to fix the problems in education? Who believe that one size fits all high-stakes tests are okay but scream about civil rights and what happens to low-income children the next? Who sign off on state accountability plans where children with disabilities have to “grow” three times more than their regular peers in an allotted time? Who disrespect the parents that see through their smoke and mirrors and push laws to take away their rights?
I urge this court to look at this letter as the conflict of interest it most assuredly is and give it the same weight they would of a con artist on its last legs. To read the full letter, please go here.