It's clear that folks want to discuss the Broad Foundation, so, by all means, let's discuss it.
Here's their motto: "Transforming urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition."
That prompts the questions: What is their idea of better governance, better management, better labor relations and competition?
Their idea of better governance can be found in Don McAdams book, "Reform Governance". Don McAdams was a member of the school board in Houston, Texas. I haven't read the book, but I'll get a copy as it appears to give a deep insight into their idea of how Boards should function.
Their idea of better management involves what they call "Active management of instructional improvement" and "Accountability and empowerment of schools". It's hard to cut through all of the buzz words and find any meaning.
We could definitely use better labor relations in Seattle Public Schools. The Broad Foundation has supported a number of "pay for performance" features in teacher contracts.
The competition they support is primarily from Charter schools.
Here's the weird thing, none of the stuff that I see on the Broad Foundation web site reminds me of what we're getting in Seattle. The Don McAdams book is all about the power that Boards have because they are democratically elected and they represent their constituencies and they are supposed to rally the community behind a reform movement that they are leading. I see the opposite here. The management looks like what Dr. Goodloe-Johnson is talking about, but I'll believe it when I see it. The labor relations here are about as bad as I have ever seen them, so I can't believe this represents an effort to improve them. And the pressure put on alternative schools is quashing competition, not encouraging it.