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

Friday, January 04, 2013

Broad Disciple with Checkered Past Becomes New MA Ed Chief

Teachers scoring a 2.77 out of 5.0 on the new evaluation schemes proliferating across the U.S.  would face some extra "professional development" to grind out some higher scores next year.  If you are MA superintendent getting that score, however, and if you have been one of Eli Broad's "chosen" rock stars for the past decade, then you could find yourself selected by the governor to become the chief ed official in your state.  Such is the fate of Matt Malone (Broad Class of 2003), who recently escaped the likelihood of being canned by the Brockton School Committee just in time to be appointed Secretary of Education by Governor Patrick. Malone's brief stay in Brockton followed a rocky tenure at Swampscott, where he received a no confidence vote (136-8) by Swampscott teachers.

Known as a "rock star" of the corporate reform school movement since his apprenticeship in San Diego as an assistant in the cram-down corporate ed reform dictatorship of Alan Bersin before the deformers were sent packing.  Bersin, too, was once considered a rock star for playing hard and loud, but the folks of San Diego finally got tired of the same tired tune.

One thing is for sure: as long as the corporate lap dog, Paul Toner, remains in charge of the MA Teachers Association, Mr. Malone will have the blessing of the MTA

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