Apparently the Alliance had an event at High Point Center this evening with Dr. Enfield, Steve Sundquist, and other district officials. It was billed as an evening with Dr. Enfield.
Now this is interesting because a lot of Dr. Enfield's other outreach is always on the district calendar. Not this one which was on the social media section of the SPS homepage (down in the right corner lower corner). Also interesting that the Alliance didn't have this at their home page either. Almost like they didn't want anyone to come. Maybe it just got advertised in West Seattle?
Anyway, apparently Dr Enfield says that the "administration" funding level is down to...6.3%. I can't wait to see the figures on that claim. I'm pretty sure that it'll be central adm and not central office (central adm covers a much wider range of jobs outside of headquarters).
Also in the news was the exit interview for the state audits done last year (here's the article in the Times.) I had looked over the auditors reports and glory be! the district has no errors on its financial statements. Don't get too excited (although kudos and good job) because they STILL can't get the Native American funding right (second year in a row).
Two of the major concerns in 2009-10 focused on the district's Indian Education program — repeats of what auditors reported last year. The district failed again to ensure students signed up for services under a federal Indian-education grant were eligible, auditors said. It also didn't ensure that those on the required parent committee were parents of eligible students or that the committee's one student member was eligible.
Auditors recommended that the district consider repaying $168,228, the amount it had received for 806 ineligible students. Common reasons why students were ineligible, the preliminary audit report said, included undated or late forms. Some students also were counted twice.
I'm sorry. How hard is it to create a parent committee?
One troubling issue that you have wonder about in the ethics department:
One employee, when he learned his programs would be audited, signed time-and-effort forms in December but dated them back in the summer, auditors said. That led School Board member Sherry Carr to say that sounded like an ethical lapse.
But Bob Boesche, the district's interim chief financial officer, said later that the employee didn't realize he was filling out forms incorrectly.
How do you fill out forms and back-date them and not realize you filled them out improperly?
Then we have Publicola's report on Stand for Children, one of the truly turfiest of our astoturf ed groups, getting $330k from (wait for it) the Gates Foundation. Sigh. I thought it quite funny what the head of SFC says:
None of our donors dictates our work. While the notion of foundations dictating the work of non-profits is worthy of discussion by the media, the idea of a billionaires’ conspiracy feels like a distraction from the urgent matter at hand, which is ‘what are we doing to help kids get an education that prepares them for productive lives?’ For the most part, our donors fund our ideas, and not the other way around.
I left a comment saying well, of course they don't need to dictate your work - you're all on the same ed reform train. I also liked the "billionaires' conspiracy as a "distraction" - that's the new go-to word for ed reformers to use who like to try to flick off any kind of questioning or criticism as easy as a horse flicks off a pesky fly. We're all just not focusing on the right things, don't you know?
I ended my comment (diatribe) by saying:
Don't tell us not to look at the man behind the curtain; pretty soon, we're going to rip it down.
Let's keep in the "public" in public education.