I’m going to be writing a lot about the book in future emails, but I want to start with the most important revelation: Diane Ravitch has been getting paid A LOT of money by the unions in the form of speaker fees – Brill estimates $10,000 per appearance and $200,000 over the past year – which by itself isn’t a problem EXCEPT that: a) she’s never disclosed these large payments, which anyone listening to her should know about; and b) she’s a total hypocrite for criticizing reformers like me for supposedly making a lot of money from our activities (when in truth I’ve never taken a SINGLE PENNY and have instead given countless thousands of dollars and hours), while doing precisely this herself.Wow - not a SINGLE PENNY! You'll forgive me if I'm not very impressed, considering Tilson is yet another wealthy Wall Street hedge fund manager with a penchant for self-promotion sticking his nose into education. Although, considering that things aren't going very well for his fund lately, maybe he could have used the money...
But let's take his indignation to its logical conclusion. I'd like to know the full salaries and other income for the following "reformers," along with the sources of their income:
- Michelle Rhee of Students First
- Derrell Bradford of B4K
- Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone
- Joel Klein of News Corp
- Jonah Edelman of Stand For Children
- Wendy Kopp of TFA
- Richard Barth of KIPP
That'll do for now: add your own below. Remember: teacher salaries are readily available. Union officials salaries are regularly published.
Why are these people - who are hellbent on radically changing this profession - not held to the same standard?