Metro Times: Former EAA principal indicted on bribery charges 

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Nearly two months ago (time flies, nuts) wereported that the FBI was looking into one Kenyetta “K.C.” Wilbourn, a former principal at Detroit’s Mumford High School.

Today we’ve found out that the former head of an Education Achievement Academy school has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy and bribery.

In addition to Wilbourn, the grand jury has indicted Glynis Thornton, who ran an after school tutoring company — Making a Difference Everyday (“M.A.D.E.”) — and  Paulette Horton, an independent contractor who worked for M.A.D.E.

The five-count indictment charges that between August 2012 through November 2014, Wilbourn, who ran Denby High School before Mumford, conspired to commit bribery and money laundering. The charges say that Wilbourn contracted M.A.D.E to provide after school tutoring services for both Denby and Mumford and then received payments (“kickbacks”) in return. Horton, the independent contractor, is involved because Thornton would discreetly pay Wilbourn by making deposits to Horton’s company. Horton would then withdraw cash and give it directly to Wilbourn.

Source: Former EAA principal indicted on bribery charges | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times

AFT President: What ESSA Says About Charters | Diane Ravitch’s blog

The Every Student Succeeds Act was released to the public on November 30, passed both houses of Congress with large majorities within 10 days, and was signed into law today by President Obama. That was fast. The good news is that No Child Left Behind is gone. There is so much we don’t know because there has been so little time to read it, discuss it, and hear different perspectives on how it will work.

AFT President Randi Weingarten here explains the charter portion of the law. Sure, some would prefer that the federal government stop subsidizing privatization. But this is a Republican-controlled Congress, so what did you expect? School choice is their favorite school reform.

 

Source: Randi: What ESSA Says About Charters | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Dear Teacher Education “Leaders” | BustED Pencils

As I am sure you know by now, ESSA passed the Senate and is headed for the President’s signature.  Not good news for teacher education.If you’re confused by that statement please take some time to read Ken Zeichner’s piece in the Washington Post.  The new realities facing “traditional” teacher education are frightening.Question: Can we now admit that it is time to build a movement of teacher education leaders?Or should we just assimilate and simply adorn ourselves as Deans for Impact?Now that fast track “academies” for teacher licensing are part of the federal legislation, it won’t be long before my under educated governor and his ALEC tattooed stooges vigorously start dismantling “traditional” teacher education and start appointing their campaign donors as the new Deans—for Impact?It is time for bold action.   It’s time to act CRITICALLY, CULTURALLY RELEVANT, ANTI-OPPRESSIVE and LIBERATING—no more talking about it!

Source: Dear Teacher Education “Leaders” | BustED Pencils