Before this all falls into the memory hole, I think it's important to take a moment and recall that Hall was one of the darlings of the corporate reform movement. [all emphases mine]
The partners who have joined you here today also show an unparalleled commitment to dramatically strengthening the accreditation of teacher preparation programs. Sharon Robinson and the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and both the NEA and the AFT, are part of this effort. So are distinguished practitioners like Colorado state school chief Dwight Jones—soon to be the superintendent in Las Vegas—SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Beverly Hall, Tom Payzant, and Arthur Levine. Could you please give Jim and the members of this Blue Ribbon panel a round of applause? This is leadership in action.More Duncan:
And over the last 6 years, where we have had a chancellor who has set a record as perhaps the longest-serving chancellor in our school system--and Dr. Hall can tell you in Atlanta one of the reasons that she has been successful is that she has had the time in office to really effect change and found ways to overcome the politics that constantly create this revolving door of management in our school systems which keep anybody from being able to succeed--we have done everything possible to reduce our achievement gap, and we have in some cases by as much as half.Joel Klein:
More Joel Klein:Joining the press conference by phone, New York City chancellor Joel Klein said the results show that poverty is not destiny. “What we are seeing here in cities like Atlanta and elsewhere, we can change the outcomes for our children. For that we should all take great comfort because the future of the country depends on it.”Klein praised Hall for her efforts, holding out her leadership and Atlanta’s progress as a national model. “When done right, when done with courage and conviction…I think we are doing to see those kinds of results in the rest of the nation.”
But do not buy the argument--I think it is a fallacious argument--that when more kids are reading on grade that does not mean that their education is not improving. Should it improve much more? Are there other things we should test? Yes. But when Beverly Hall reports the results she is reporting, or Michelle or Arne, when they report those results, what that reflects is increased--not yet perfect, but increased--teaching quality and learning in our schools, and there is not a teacher in the world who does not think that a level one student is performing at an entirely different level from a level three, and that is what is so critical to this discussion.The education-industrial complex:
The Gates Foundation:“Congratulations to Beverly Hall for representing the ‘best of the best’ in public school leadership,” said Dennis Maple, president, ARAMARK Education. “ARAMARK is honored to be a part this special program that rewards and recognizes a professional like Hall who truly cares about the wellbeing of her students. Also, we salute this year's state winners who so earnestly strive to give every child the ideal learning experience and the greatest chance for success.”“ING values education and all educators who tirelessly strive to improve student achievement,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation. “Congratulations to Beverly Hall for being recognized for her outstanding leadership in ensuring students receive a quality education. ING also acknowledges all superintendents who are advancing education in their districts.”
More Gates Foundation:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated money because it thought APS [Atlantic Public Schools] was on "the leading edge" in "effective teaching," a foundation spokesman told the AJC in 2010. A spokesman told the AJC that it will continue to support APS.The Broad Foundation:
I'd never heard of Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, but if Ed Trust's Kati Haycock vouches for her, that's a pretty strong endorsement. This cheating "scandal" is so typical – sadly, there's probably quite a bit of this in every major city, but her enemies (and defenders of the status quo), are trying to use it to force her out.Teach For America:
The Atlanta public school system, which serves 51,000 students, has 138 Teach For America participants in 63 schools. Elliott, from Columbus, Ohio, and colleague Freda Henry of Milwaukee both work at South Atlanta High School, on Hutchens Road in southeast Atlanta.More TFA:
"We are closing the gap that exists between children growing up in low- income areas and their peers in higher- income areas," says Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, the only Georgia system participating in Teach For America.
The reformies have already been backing away from the toxic Hall, but let's not let them get away with that, shall we?"A handful of our teachers did confess to cheating and there are no excuses for that. It's completely unacceptable," said Metro Atlanta Teach For America Executive Director Kwame Griffith.Teach For America's ties to district leadership run deep, and some of its most ardent supporters fared the worst in the report.Quotes from embattled Superintendent Beverly Hall, who brought Teach for America to the city, still adorn the program's website.Former Deputy Superintendent Kathy Augustine was a board member for the organization. The state's report concluded Augustine, "knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in schools in the APS system" and that Augustine made false statements about an investigation into cheating at Deerwood Academy.
Beverly Hall? Who's that?
ADDING: Diane Ravitch has more Broad Foundation connections to Atlanta and Hall.