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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Another Critical Scholar Banned by Diane

It's not often that the unofficial matriarch of anti-ed reform gets called out for her support of the corporate education forces that she would, otherwise, have us believe that she opposes.  When it does happen, however, as it did a couple days ago when Emily Talmage questioned Diane's recent gush about the virtues of the MacArthur Foundation, Ravitch's reaction is entirely predictable: she accuses those with the temerity to question her professional judgment or her policy positions as "lashing out" with personal attacks against her.    

It is Diane's ruthless cultivation of sympathy among her followers, then, that takes the focus off the questions raised about her positions and puts it on the motives of the person who raises the questions.  In doing so, Ravitch transforms the skeptical questioner into a mendacious meanie, whose criticism, then, can be dismissed outright.  

Ravitch, then, effectively uses the personal attack strategy that she attributes to others in order to neutralize any criticism of her own positions, which are predictably aligned with DNC neoliberals and increasingly out of touch with reality. 

You should go to the Talmage page first and read the post that has Diane's Basecamp followers waving their limp swords at the imaginary attacker.  And then read Ravitch's response.  I think you will see what I mean.

You might want to read the comments as well at the Ravitch blog.  Among them, this comment below: 
As I see it, the state-finance nexus (banks/financial markets/corporations; state, federal and municipal governments; NGOs; philanthrocapitalists; DNC/RNC; white supremacy, colonialism, militarized austerity, etc.) that’s driving Ed Reform 2.0 is maintained by duplicitous mission statements, promotions, pronouncements, marketing agendas and ideological/cultural narratives. This profiteering web of deceit also relies on dedicated pundits like Ravitch, who earnestly, implicitly and duplicitously promote and normalize this agenda, while presenting themselves as benevolent agents of the common good.
That comment, in turn, raised Dr. Ravitch's hackles even further.  So much, in fact, that she has censored all further comment from a UMass PhD (my bolds): 
One of the rules of the blog is that I don’t post comments that insult me. The blog is my living room, and I expect people to act civilly, even though we debate, disagree, and hash out our differences. It is a lively room, and I try to keep the conversation civil, which is not always easy. 
I am making an exception in this case because it is useful for other readers to hear your voice and understand that those of us who fight privatization, high-stakes testing, standardization, and the replacement of teachers by algorithms are not united. If you think I am your enemy, you have a very strange understanding of what I have written in books, articles, and daily blogs for the past several years. 
Since you have identified me as an enemy of the cause I fight for every day, I will ask you not to return here again.
This, again, is pure Ravitch: Use the cover of civility to ruthlessly remove any opposition.

If you have had your comments censored by the Ravitch crew at her blog for being uncomfortably honest, send us your offending comments, and we will post them here for public scrutiny.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Big Picture Learning Off Limits

September 20, 2017

The introduction to this piece including a discussion of ImBlaze can be found here.

 
Big Picture Learning students spend two days a week outside of school pursuing their “passions.” Although I’ve heard off the record that not all student end up with placements and instead languish in front of computer screens killing time. I imagine budget-conscious reformers must be salivating at the prospect of scaling a “school” model where you could outsource 40% of a student’s instruction to community partners. Imagine the cost savings! You don’t have to feed students on those days. You could reduce teaching staff. You could cram more students into the building staggering the classes. Put aside those pesky child labor considerations for a few moments and contemplate the possibilities. It’s would also be a way to begin to normalize the learning ecosystem “anytime, anywhere” model learning by app and competency-based badges. You might think there would be more to the process than getting the kids a log in for what is essentially a Yelp for education; a counselor perhaps? Of course the real imperative behind this digital solution is about data collection. In Future Ready schools students are defined by their data. As the article states “Data Tells the Story for Big Picture Learning.”
In December 2016, the School District of Philadelphia signed onto a $23 million contract with Big Picture schools. The organization, based out of Rhode Island (on track to become the first “personalized” learning state) presently operates in 24 states. The size of the Philadelphia contract indicates a major expansion of Big Picture is on the horizon here. The organization is going to occupy Vaux, which was shuttered during a wave of devastating closures that took place in 2013.
The community of Sharswood in which it is located is being “redeveloped” in using incredibly heavy-handed, predatory, 1960s urban renewal tactics. The ribbon cutting for the new Vaux Big Picture School took place today. The community members and education activists who tried to attend and voice their concerns were kept behind barriers far from the ceremony. Apparently no one was allowed within a two-block radius of the school without “necessary credentials.” Protesters included representatives from the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, ADAPT and the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools. Barbara McDowell Dowdall, a retired English teacher and former yearbook advisor who had worked at Vaux from 1974 to 1981 brought a yearbook along and shared fond memories of the school, reflecting on how much has been taken from the community in the intervening years. The event was monitored by a number of squad cars, bike patrol police and members of the civil affairs unit.


Also see:
Vaux Big Picture High School officially celebrates its opening | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
September 19, 2017
Read the comments.


HUD Secretary Ben Carson helps open a North Philly high school
Philadelphia Inquirer - September 19, 2017






When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time

Alison McDowell with Diane Ravitch at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2013.

from Wrench in the Gears
August 20, 2017

I am writing this feeling somewhat like a David facing off against a Goliath. It certainly won’t make me popular. There are many of us who keep weighing the evidence. Is Diane Ravitch incredibly wiley or incredibly obtuse? I’ll leave it to you to decide.


It IS clear that there are parts of her narrative that don’t add up. My first sense that something wasn’t right came last February. Then in August, concerns I expressed in comments about the Clinton family’s involvement in the development of digital learning and Joe Ravitch’s venture capital company, Raine Group, were suppressed. You can read about it here and here. The Raine Group information, with its ties to Ari Emmanuel and Parchment, has gotten increasingly interesting as I’ve seen the convergence of education, virtual reality, entertainment, online credentialing and blockchain. Now my comments on her posts are always moderated. Some make it out. Some don’t. These from this afternoon haven’t as of posting time. I didn’t think they would.
 
I know I risk becoming a target for saying what comes next. Nevertheless, it needs to be said so here goes. In the spirit of my inspiration David F. Noble I will just leap out there and do it (thanks Kay).
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So today I had a flashback when a friend forwarded me Ravitch’s testimonial on the wonders of the MacArthur Foundation “This is What Philanthropy Looks Like.”
Click here to read the entire post.  

Also see: Calling Foul: Ravitch is Wrong About MacArthur
Save Maine Schools - September 20, 2017 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Warrant Issued for Abusive Charter Principal

For each of these felonious criminal abusers apprehended, how many thousands go unpunished?  By the way, the Walton Family Foundation is a partner in this abusive enterprise.

A Baton Rouge charter school principal is wanted by police after he was accused of locking a 5-year-old student in a closet as a form of punishment, according to police.

Shafeeq Syid Shamsid-Deen, the principal and founder of Laurel Oaks Charter School, at 440 N. Foster Drive, is wanted on counts of cruelty to a juvenile — a felony — and false imprisonment, according to an arrest warrant issued Monday by Baton Rouge police.

According to the warrant, a teacher heard a child screaming and crying inside the school Aug. 22. After two other teachers joined in the search, the 5-year-old girl was found inside a closet in the cafeteria. The closet was locked from the outside, the warrant says.

The student told authorities that Shamsid-Deen, 31, put her in the closet when she was “bad,” according to the warrant. No one was around the closet when the teacher found the child locked inside it, the warrant says.

When one of the teachers emailed Shamsid-Deen with objections about the punishment, he responded that the school “will work to make sure we have a proper time-out area for scholars to reset in the cafeteria,” the warrant says.

Affirmative Action Has Served to Assuage the White Liberal Conscience

After decades of affirmative action, Black and Hispanic college applicants remain largely shut out of elite colleges, where grads have the inside track on America's best opportunities.  While showing some limited success for increasing college attendance at lesser institutions, affirmative action has been entirely ineffective in mitigating the effects from the larger problems of segregation, corporate influence, and test-based demonization in K-12 schools:
Elementary and secondary schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic students are less likely to have experienced teachers, advanced courses, high-quality instructional materials and adequate facilities, according to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Until corporate predatory charter schools stop churning out miseducated robots and until our leaders take steps to end segregation and until racist and classist standardized tests are discontinued, black and brown representation in the best universities and colleges will continue to decline.

Income Inequality for African Americans Continues

WaPo has an analysis of the latest Census data on U. S. incomes.  It's not hard to see who has been left behind.  African-Americans are worse off economically than they were at the turn of the century.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Corrupt Charter Astroturf Group Pays Record Fine in MA

Last year white Alice Walton, New York hedge fund whales, and other Wall Street parasites poured $19 million into an effort in Massachusetts to increase the number of charter schools in the state by eliminating the state cap.  With the help of paid actors and parents who don't know or don't care that their children are being brutalized daily in the charter cultural sterilization camps, large rallies were staged on Boston Common to make it appear that black and brown folks were demanding more charter schools.

The voters of MA weren't fooled.  Tired of having their public school funds go to corporate predators posing as educators, the citizens turned back the charter industry effort in the November referendum.

Now it seems the corrupt shenanigans by the charterites have been exposed.  Be sure to follow this link to the list of contributors, which include some of Governor Charlie Baker's top hands:
A wealthy New York organization that poured $15 million into last year’s unsuccessful ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachusetts was hit Monday with the largest fine in state campaign history after officials found the group was illegally hiding the identities of its donors.

Families for Excellent Schools-Advocacy, a nonprofit that was the single largest funder behind Question 2 in Massachusetts, was slapped with a $426,466 fine, the largest in the 44-year history of the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

The group was also forced to reveal its donors — showing it was anonymously receiving major checks from two Baker administration officials and numerous wealthy contributors from the world of high finance in Massachusetts, New York, and other states. . . .

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Librarians!!!!! Published in the Chicago Tribune, Sept 8, 2017


We still need librarians in public schools.
Published in the Chicago Tribune, Sept. 8, 2017

Congratulations to the Tribune for informing the public about the lack of school librarians in Chicago.

Not mentioned in the Sept. 5 article “Most of city's schools now lack librarians,” however, is the research showing that the presence of a credentialed school librarian is a significant predictor of reading achievement.

A recent study done by Scholastic tells us at least part of the reason why: School librarians connect young readers with books that are right for them.

This is crucial. Research also tells us that students who develop a reading habit read better, write better, spell better, have better control of grammar, and have larger vocabularies.  Readers also know more about a wide variety of subjects. It is therefore no surprise that they do better on standardized tests of literacy.

We cheerfully spend billions on unvalidated tests and untested technology, yet we ignore the impressive research  on libraries and librarians, and are unwilling to make the modest investments that will ensure that school libraries are well supplied with books and are staffed with credentialed librarians.

— Stephen Krashen, Los Angeles, professor emeritus, University of Southern California


A scrappy parent takes on the bow tie man.


From Wrench in the Gears
September 9, 2017

Or, how my day would have been very different had I worn khakis.

This is a story about access. Who has it, who doesn’t, and how in order to save public education, people, especially people of privilege, need to take a page from the Ed Reform 2.0 handbook and start actively disrupting. Showing up (and sitting down) can build awareness of critical issues and catalyze the direct action we need to ramp up our defense of neighborhood schools against predatory venture capitalists and the so-called “community partners” who benefit from education austerity budgets. The latter, those non-profits NOT actively speaking out to secure public funds for public schools but rather accepting funds from private interests to fill the myriad gaps created in our schools through intentional defunding, are not acting in good faith and are not allies.

It was a busy morning. Before I hopped on my bike into Center City Philadelphia I double-checked my supplies. I had printed a paper copy of my Eventbrite ticket to “Educate Philly: Rethinking America’s Schools,” a reformy book launch and panel discussion over breakfast with David Osborne of the “radically pragmatic” Progressive Policy Institute. The event page noted “If you believe in the virtues of a public education AND are willing to be challenged – join us for breakfast this Friday, September 8th for a compelling conversation on public education.” If I had only known the level of “challenge” attending this breakfast was going to pose, I would have had my coffee before leaving the house. I had sidewalk chalk and a Ziploc bag with slips of paper of printed with sentiments that expressed my displeasure with the corporate plan to “reinvent” public education for the 21st century by creating impact investment opportunities predicated on the data-mining of students through ubiquitous online “personalized” learning programs.


My ticket, which was torn when Union League staff tried to grab it out of my hands.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

ED and Blackwater Share Same Goal

Just as her murderous brother, Erik Prince, has a scheme to privatize the U. S. military, the criminally-ignorant crone, Betsy DeVos, is out to do the same for schooling from pre-K through college:
“I think that there’s been an outsized footprint in the last couple, three decades on the part of the federal government in education,” she said. “And it’s my goal to extract us from a lot of those spaces. I will welcome your thoughts on what we need to be doing less of. And if there are areas to be doing more of, what are those areas?”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article170327837.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time to end the racist triumvirate of Tuck, Huppenthal, and Horne

It’s a tale of white fragility and fear, really.—Imani Gandy

These two racist State Superintendents finally got what they deserved for shuttering ethnic studies in Arizona. However, right here in California, we have a candidate for State Superintendent that enacted the same policies in Los Angeles—shuttering ethnic studies, closing dual language programs, and killing heritage language programs. That bigot's name is Marshall Tuck. Let's show Tuck that California is not Arizona, and that we shouldn't have to wait for years for a court to rule in on his racist policies. Let's stop Tuck from repeating a Horne or a Huppenthal, by making sure he never holds a position of power in which he can harm school children again.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

NEA: "We're not opposed to charter schools."

Jeff Bryant, who remains a primary enabler of the corporate unions, NEA and AFT, recently interviewed NEA VP Becky Pringle at NetRoots.
JB: Does that mean NEA is anti-charter?

BP: We're not opposed to charter schools. We have started charter schools, and we have members in charter schools. But charters need to have specific criteria. They need to be accountable, controlled by democratically elected boards, and have transparency. And –an important condition often overlooked – they need to be part of the system, not separate. They should be part of a system of education that makes sure every student gets what they need to thrive. We have examples of that.
Bryant does not ask about and Pringle does not volunteer info on specific examples.  Why?  Because if they exist, they are so rare as to be meaningless. 

NOT among the criteria that Pringle says "charters need to have" are humane learning environments, non-penal instructional strategies, rich curriculums, professionally certified teachers and principals, librarians, counselors, or desegregated classrooms.  Nor does she define in this interview or elsewhere what "accountability" or "transparency" mean. 

The truth is that NEA only cares about expanding membership and collecting the dues that members pay each year, with the false hope of slowing the bleeding out of public schools and professional teaching.  As long as NEA and AFT remain loyalists to the DNC's Clintonian contingent of paternalistic corporate reformers, every teacher should boycott these core agencies of corporate enabling.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Charter Industry Demands Access to TN Student Data: Parents Say No

Under the misdirection of Commissioner Candice McQueen, the TN state legislature recently passed a sweeping new charter law that is aimed to expand the footprint and to give more public money to the charter industry's corporate welfare reform schools. And money is not the only thing that Dr. McQueen is offering charter corporations like Green Dot and KIPP.

With the passage of the new state law this summer, predatory charter chains may now demand student directory information on each public school child. This information may then be used to decide which children's homes that charter operators  will flood with slick school marketing brochures that conceal the dehumanizing environments of these "no excuses" institutions for cultural sterilization.

Parents, however, can say no to such requests by contacting their public schools and requesting that their children be excluded from these data sweeps by the charter industry:
Shelby County Schools is required to send a notice to parents at the beginning of each school year about how student information is used. Parents have the option to leave their contact information out of the student directory, or other such lists.

Or, you can write a letter requesting that your student’s directory information remain private. Write to either of the addresses below:

Shelby County Schools
Student Records Department
160 S. Hollywood St.
Memphis, TN 38112

Shelby County Schools
Department of Attendance and Discipline
Shelby County Schools
2800 Grays Creek, Arlington, TN 38002
Meanwhile, the leaders of these dehumanizing and exploitative hell schools pay themselves very well, even though these child centers for paternalistic brainwashing are advertised as "non-profit." Oligarchs like Eli Broad amass huge tax savings for donations to these racist outfits, while leaders amass personal fortunes for exploiting the poor:



Friday, August 11, 2017

Ravitch Doubles Down on NAACP Charter Embrace

Last October the NAACP passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on the approval of new charter schools.  The resolution did nothing for the millions of segregated children already suffering in the penal no excuses charters that no NAACP Board member would ever allow for his or her own children, but it was a decision that, nonetheless, freaked out the multi-billion dollar charter industry and the abusive, well-paid overseers who run the charter reform schools.
  
As a result of NAACP call for a moratorium last fall, the billionaires went to work to put pressure on the NAACP to recant.  The NAACP, an organization largely dependent upon the generosity of corporate foundations, the philanthrocapitalists, and their corporate unions, caved to the pressure.  Less than a year after the squeeze began, members of the NAACP Board issued a report that ignores the moratorium by making recommendations for how new charters are to approved. The report provides a clear signal that the moratorium is now irrelevant.  

The NAACP report won the praise of the DNC/AFT/NEA/NPE.  As schoolmarm to the nation's neoliberals, Diane Ravitch went so far as put the NAACP in her blog's Honor Roll.  


On August 8, Ravitch took the opportunity to praise once again the new NAACP position, which mirrors the AFT/NEA/NPE position on charters.  Here are the two NAACP points regarding charters that Ravitch posted on her blog:


4. Mandate a rigorous [charter] authorizing and renewal process. States with the fewest authorizers have the best charters. Only local school districts should be allowed to authorize charters, based on their needs.
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5. Eliminate for-profit charter schools and for-profit charter management companies that control nonprofit charters. Not a dollar of federal, state or local money should go to for-profit charters. The report notes that the widespread reports of misconduct of for-profit charters and their for-profit managers is reason enough to forbid them. As for-profits, they have an “inherent conflict of interest,” and may well put the interest of their investors over those of students. 

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Ravitch then asks:  Now, I ask you, what part of these five recommendations suggests that the NAACP is wrong? That it was doing the bidding of teachers’ unions?"  


The second part of your question I will answer with a question: Does anyone believe that it's a coincidence that the NAACP position on charters now mirrors the AFT/NEA/NPE position?  Or is the NAACP seeking refuge inside the DNC education tent?  Can they afford to support a moratorium that the DNC, which still run by the Clintonians, is not supporting?

As to why the NAACP/NEA/AFT/NPE position is wrong:  As I have noted most recently, putting local boards in charge of deciding which charter chain gangs get approval does nothing to staunch the flow of education dollars into the pockets of charter operators. It just makes local boards complicit in the corruption.

And as for the weak call to eliminate for-profit charters, here's what I said about that a couple of weeks ago:

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. . . the majority of charters have always been of the “non-profit” variety, with only 13 percent of the nation’s 7,500 charters run by for-profit companies.  Insisting that all charters become “non-profit” will only guarantee that that state and local education dollars will continue to fill the coffers of the charter industry, which thrives by claiming “non-profit” status for their segregated cultural sterilization schools based on the KIPP Model. 
 
Which, of course, is the final and most egregious "wrong" associated with the NAACP position: it ignores the damage being done to children in the neo-eugenic psychological neutering camps that are the chosen solution to controlling the urban poor.
 

Friday, August 04, 2017

The Private Company Behind the Muncie School Bus Fiasco



by Doug Martin 

As the Muncie, Indiana, privatized school bus fiasco deepens, parents protest at bus stops, kids get lost on buses on the way home, 911 calls are made, buses never show up or are late, school gets cancelled for days because of the chaos, and the Indiana Department of Education steps in to help clean up the mess, the local community needs to know there were many red flags before Muncie school officials signed the $1.4 million contract with Auxilio bus services, a private company now located in Lansing, Michigan.  

Besides the numerous 2012 troubling news reports out of Michigan on how Auxilio handled school service, an 84-page report, which surfaced in late February 2017, a few weeks before the Muncie school board vote, outlines the troubles parents and community members in Monroe County, Indiana, feared Auxilio would bring to their school district.  Although there appears to be a lot more to the story than just Auxilio, the private company’s past troubles, arrogance, and secrecy should be known. 

KID INTO THE BUS WINDOW

In 2012 in Michigan’s Galesburg-Augusta school district, parents, too, protested the Auxilio takeover of bus transportation, after a student videotaped an Auxilio “on-site manager,” Heidi Mullin, “roughly pushing a 7-year-old into a bus window.” 

Since many instances with the 7-year old and other children on the bus had been reported and Auxilio had “assigned a new driver and a new bus aide to no avail,”  Mullin’s job was to ride on the bus “to assess the problems and figure out a strategy for resolution.”

Mullin was fired, after the video made its rounds on Facebook, but questions about her hiring led to even more questions.  After a freedom of information act request, news reporters found that Mullin resigned from a previous job at Portage Public Schools “six months after signing a ‘last-chance agreement’ following a string of written reprimands and unpaid suspensions.”  According to a change-of-status form, Mullin was "not eligible to be rehired by Portage Public Schools." On her Portage job application, too, Mullin claims she was fired from B&B Trucking in Kalamazoo because "they didn't think I had the right attitude to drive (a) truck."

When asked about the hire, at first Auxilio’s CEO Ed Dollin told MLive, a media group with 10 newspaper locations in Michigan, that "We screened her very well”  but later admitted, according to MLive, “that Mullin's background check did not include talking to Mullin's previous supervisor.”  He claimed, too, MLive writes, that “the information obtained from Portage was limited to a form where a Portage human-resources worker mistakenly checked a box indicating that Mullin had no record of professional misconduct.” 

At one point after the Mullin bus incident with the 7-year old, CEO Dollin said that “I think right now we’re a whipping boy.  I think we’re being vilified because we’re coming in to save money and we’re making changes.”

A group of mothers, however, didn’t buy the argument and protested outside the “district’s offices calling for the district to protect its students, telling Fox 17 TV that the privatization of the district’s busing is at fault.” At a school board meeting, too, “Galesburg residents questioned Auxilio's competency, citing numerous problems with Auxilio's drivers and procedures.”

"IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS"

Earlier in 2012, Galesburg-Augusta signed a $356,750 contract with the bus company, although the school district’s supt., Tim Vagts, has admitted that “Auxilio's references did not include any districts served by the firm since its formation in October 2011” and that he didn’t know any of the bus service’s other clients.  Vagts said he recommended the bus company because it was the lowest bidder, one of the same reasons given by Muncie school officials. 

According to MLive, at one point when Auxilio CEO Dollin was asked about the company’s other clients, he said "It's none of your business."  When reporter Julie Mack looked into the Cincinnati address Auxilio had listed on its website, she found that the address was in a redevelopment zone across from an adult bookstore and was “actually the office for the Midwest EB-5 Regional Center, an organization that works with immigrants who want to start businesses in the United States.”  

During the Muncie school board vote in March, Central High School teacher Allen Kidd also called “into question how little information is included on Auxilio's website.  Auxilio CEO Dollin, in response, said that the company website was under construction and that it has clients in eight Michigan districts and some Ohio private schools.  

Currently, as of August 3, 2017, Auxilio lists its address as Lansing, Michigan, on its website.  On its current and past clients page, Auxilio has written “Stay tuned for a full list of our clients!” and that testimonials are “Coming Soon.”  

WHERE ARE ALL THE BUS DRIVERS GOING?

In Muncie, the narrative explaining some of the school bus chaos is that a good-many bus drivers quit supposedly just before the school year began.  A similar story was told by the Galesburg-Augusta district and Auxilio, too. 
 
According to MLive, there were no drivers for special-ed children enrolled in summer programs.  Dollin and supt. Vagts “blamed the problem on Galesburg bus drivers who had promised to work for Auxilio and then reneged at the last minute.  But those drivers “say they were laid off by the school district and had yet to receive a job offer as drivers for Auxilio.” 
 
Dollin later claimed that “he thought Galesburg would keep the special-ed drivers on the district payroll for the duration of the summer program and didn't find out otherwise until Aug. 1, before Auxilio had finalized its hires.” 

MONROE’S WARNING 

When Indiana’s Monroe County Community School Corporation hired Auxilio to do a third of its bus routes because it was a low bidder, local parents and workers,  in the introduction to an 84-page report entitled “No to Auxilio, Yes to Our Community,”  stated the school board’s decision to hire Auxilio was “based on an incomplete, and in some important ways misleading, information set.” 

The parents and workers claimed, among other things, that outsourced jobs could drain money from the community, children’s safety could be compromised, and employees who questioned decisions could possibly be fired.  

The “No to Auxilio” report authors also quote from The Independent, a local Michigan newspaper, about problems at the Dundee Community high school where Auxilio does maintenance work and bus transportation.  

When bathroom stalls were missing at the school, an Auxilio employee, worried about school safety, “put in a maintenance work order for the stall doors in the bathroom by the locker room to be replaced…., turned it into his immediate Auxilio supervisor and the work was never done.” 

Not knowing if the maintenance department or school administrators received the request, the Auxilio employee “posted a picture of the stalls with doors missing to social media to draw more community attention to the problem. Auxilio’s response to the post was to fire the employee.” 

There are many other issues Monroe County community members bring up in the “No to Auxilio” report, including the fiasco at Galesburg-Augusta.  

It will be interesting to watch this disaster capitalism fiasco unfold in the upcoming days and weeks.