"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Bloomberg Acquires More "Human Capital" from Edison

The Chris and Chris Show gets tighter and tighter:
Chris Cerf, a deputy schools chancellor and former president of Edison Schools Inc., has hired as his chief of staff a former Edison official who ran a tutoring program criticized by investigators who found “questionable practices” in the city public schools. The chief of staff, Joel Rose, was from 2003 until 2006 the general manager of Newton Learning SES, an Edison division established to tutor children under the No Child Left Behind law. Last year, a report by the special commissioner of investigation for the public schools found that Newton had failed to conduct fingerprint and background checks of some workers, offered students gift certificates for attending tutoring sessions, and directly solicited students after being warned not to by the Education Department. After leaving Newton, Mr. Rose served as a consultant to the Education Department. Mr. Cerf declined to comment. An Education Department spokesman, David Cantor, said Mr. Rose was recovering from surgery and unavailable for comment but described his work with the department as “invaluable.

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