by Doug Martin
UPDATE: THIS JUST IN FROM THE INDY STAR: "Indiana was not one of the five states awarded a waiver extension Thursday from strict federal rules administered by the U.S. Department of Education....It is possible Indiana could lose its waiver or be placed on a "high risk" status, according to education policy experts." According to the IDOE, there are still 20 states awaiting word about the NCLB waiver, so no final decision has been made yet.
CECI front-woman Claire Fiddian-Green’s latest assault against Indiana supt. of public ed. Glenda Ritz was her response to the Associated Press recently concerning the “memo” CECI sent to Arne Duncan’s office.
In the “memo,” CECI members criticize the IDOE’s “grammatical errors” and accuse IDOE of making policy changes without the state board of education’s approval while seeking the NCLB waiver for the state.
Obviously, Fiddian-Green is merely attempting to smear Glenda Ritz so that the powers-that-be running the school privatizing agenda in Indiana can continue to have their way.
And Fiddian-Green has mingled with many in the school privatizing movement in Indiana over the years and carried their bottled water.
A former official for NCLB's front-man Evan Bayh, Bart Peterson now is an Eli Lilly honcho and helps the corporation buy lawmakers in DC. Peterson, himself, has donated $2,000 to Anne Duncan's boss, Barack Obama.
Claire Fiddian-Green has sat on the board of KIPP Indy, too, a for-profit dropout factory once visited by hedge fund operator and DFER’s Whitney Tilson.
THE NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION FARCE
AP’s Tom LoBianco, in his piece on Fiddian-Green’s “memo” assault against Ritz, quotes from New America Foundation’s Anne Hyslop who says “I think this 28-page memo doesn’t help the state’s chances. It’s really demonstrating this dysfunction that Secretary Duncan was worried about 8 months ago.”
Hyslop didn’t point out that this “dysfunction” is NOT Glenda Ritz's fault. And don’t expect Hyslop to.
Without having received one single vote from the Hoosier public, Claire-Fiddian Green is still milking school privatization for all it’s worth, making $120,000 in taxpayer money a year as the CECI's helmsperson, more than the democratically elected Ritz.
She doesn't work for the Indiana taxpayers. She works for the rich. Whether or not it's Mike Pence, Bart Peterson, Eli Lilly, Bill Gates, the Mind Trust, or Arne Duncan who you think is in charge, Fiddian-Green works for the rich. And there are too many working in this state.