Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Arne's Impact in Chicago = Zero+


Just like Rod Paige .... Arne is a master of illusion.

Just what we need another guy who has a lot of answers but has no track record of having correct answers.


Anonymous said...


"Paige has accepted a post as chairman of the Chartwell Education Group, based in New York. The firm seeks clients ranging from state school chiefs to foreign leaders.

"It is not unusual for Washington officials to become consultants after leaving government. But this venture involves almost an entire leadership team from President Bush's first term," Feller wrote.

Here is how screwed up NCLB really is - it only takes a little bit of searching...



As we are approaching FairGame week (culminating in world-wide events on Saturday May 10th), suggestions are being made about the next focus.

Various ANONs have suggested APPLIED SCHOLASTICS and so here is some information about APPLIED SCHOLASTICS in public education, including the 12 States where they are state-department-of-education-approved providers of tax-payer paid tutoring programs in public and charter schools.

The whole world has been very impressed with the decorum and plain good manners that ANON has displayed, under pressure and provocation, since Jan. 2008. Since a list of the appropriate 12 State Department of Education agencies is being provided, the expectation is that any
dialogue with personnel at those agencies will be of the same high
caliber as ANON has displayed so far.

At this time, 38 States do not have APPLIED SCHOLASTICS on their
approved-provider list. So, after politely inquiring of that Department of Education personnel who did have Applied Scholastics on their list to How DID the program get ON the list? would be the appropriate question.

Having media, concerned parents and concerned citizens/politicians making the same inquiry would also be appropriate. And if any local districts are offering the Applied Scholastics program in their districts, it would be appropriate for people in those districts to also inquire of
their Board of Education - If, in fact, students are in these
programs (all paid for by tax-monies) and if so, why? And are there any evaluation methodologies in place about the efficacy of these programs? And can the general public have some input into this state approved-list and district approved-list selection process?

How did it happen that the federal administration mandated,
under former Secretary of Education Rod Paige and his Chief of Staff Scientologist John Danielson, that the No Child Left Behind 2001 (NCLB) law would serve as a vehicle to try to compel states and districts to use public funds to pay for the private Scientology-front
group - Applied Scholastics throughout the country?

Under Title I of NCLB public schools that are labeled as "need
improvement" have to set aside 20% of their Title I money for tutoring
or transportation to tutoring from approved providers of Supplemental
Educational Services (SES). At this time, approximately 25% of ALL
public schools in America are facing such a label, primarily because of the failure of two subgroups to make Adequate Yearly Progress - Students with special needs and students who speak English as a second

Applied Scholastics is an approved SES tutoring provider in
California, Texas and Missouri and nine other states for NCLB Title 1
SES tax-payer paid services. On Oct. 18, 2005, the St. Louis Dispatch reported on the failure of the attempt, supported by former Secretary of Education and his former Chief of Staff Scientologist John Danielson (now working together as the Chartwell Education Group www.chartwelleducation.com to introduce Scientology's Applied
Scholastics education program into the St. Louis public school system
for both teacher professional development and as a tutoring program.

Please see: the St. Louis Dispatch paid archives section 'Applied

Would you believe Applied Scholastics International is on OSPI's Supplemental Education Services list of approved providers (August 2008). Don't bother looking for a link. (It doesn't work right now.)

Anonymous said...

I think you'll find this very entertaining and informative - politics punches hard.


Anonymous said...

Chartwell is also a privatized school cafeteria service (North Carolina) and introduced into Chicago Public Schools during Arne's tenure. I wonder if there is any connection to Chartwell Education Consulting Group, LLC.

Here's some more food for the fire.

Spilling the beans: Chartwell food services

Angie RutkowskiIssue date: 2/20/09 Section: Up Close
PrintEmailArticle ToolsPage 1 of 2 next > • Chartwells is comprised of three divisions, K-12 Schools, Flik Independent Schools and Higher Education.

• The U.S. National Education Association has compiled a number of alleged health and labor incidents associated with private foodservice operators, including deaths, of which two are related to Chartwells; the organization opposes privatized support services in schools.

• On December 2, 2008, there was an incident of food poisoning in a Hong Kong secondary school served by Chartwells. More than 70 people were affected, and some were hospitalized.

• Chartwells was also involved in 15-25 students being food poisoned in Montreal, Canada in late 2001. The meals were part of a mandatory food plan at the Loyola Campus at Concordia University. The company eventually had to revamp their set up and rework their food options. They also provided food voutures to every student on the plan.

•Chartwells-Thompson is a subsidiary of the Compass Group, the world's largest food-service company

• Chartwells provide some 400,000 meals a day at most of this city's public schools

• The company's tight budgets respond to the surplus of agriculture.

• The commodity program is due to a massive price-stabilization effort responsible for almost a billion dollars in purchases each year.

• Chartwells is heavily biased toward meat and dairy products: if farmers produce too much ground beef, schoolchildren eat a lot of ground beef. The Chartwells-Thompson menu for CPS, which stays pretty much the same throughout the year, is heavily influenced by what commodities are available.

• Corn, green beans, carrots and peas, all canned or frozen, are usually available year-round, but for fresh produce the pickings are slim: this year the price of oranges rose due to a freeze in California, so neither fresh oranges nor orange juice ended up as a handout. "We try to buy all the USDA commodity vegetables we can," says Bob Bloomer, regional vice president of Chartwells-Thompson. "There isn't a whole lot."

Anonymous said...

I didn't understand why L Ron Hubbard books would be sitting in our teacher lounge and 'now' I get it. The link is at the end.

September 22, 2005 -- A controversy over sending St. Louis Public School teachers to a training program connected to the Church of Scientology underscores a major flaw in the federal No Child Left Behind Act: rigorous performance standards for public schools, but none for private companies that are supposed to repair the failures.

The controversy began to simmer before Labor Day when approximately two dozen teachers from Fanning and Long middle schools were sent for training to the Spanish Lake headquarters of Applied Scholastics International.

Some of the teachers complained to their union -- the St. Louis Teachers and School-Related Personnel Union, American Federation of Teachers Local 420 -- that the program is run by the Church of Scientology. Local 420 President Mary Armstrong and First Vice President Byron Clemons took the complaints about the workshops, Clemons called them “Church of Scientology workshops,” to school board member Bill Purdy. On September 13, Purdy asked Superintendent Creg Williams to look into the complaints and report back to the school board at its regular meeting on September 20.

In an interview with St. Louis Schools Watch, Applied Scholastics Chief Executive Officer Bennetta Slaughter denied that her organization has any connection to Scientology, a 35-year-old religion that holds that humans are made of clusters of extraterrestrial spirits called “thetans”, who were banished to Earth million years ago by an cruel galactic ruler named Xenu. Through an extensive series of costly “auditing” sessions by church “conductors,” individuals can supposedly “clear” the bad thetans away from the good thetans and achieve a higher level of understanding and a better life.

Slaughter said the confusion about Applied Scholastics comes from the fact that it is based on the educational writings and “study technology” of the man who founded Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, but, she said, the church is not involved in any way. Applied Scholastics licenses the right to use Hubbard's educational writings from his estate, she said, not from the church. She also that she has no connection with Scientology.


Anonymous said...

Here's another ironic twist

John Coale, currently advising Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012, is a Scientologist. And according to a memo obtained by Gawker, Coale once plotted to use friendly politicians to advance the power-hungry cult’s agenda.

Coale is a prominent Washington power broker and husband to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. According to the Washington Post, he is running Palin’s political action committee behind the scenes and “guiding [her] political image in Washington.”

In 1986, he masterminded a plan—which was never executed—for Scientology to get into the “MONEY and VOTES game” in order to “create power” for Scientology and win influence Washington, D.C.

Anonymous said...

This is the source for the article above - cute picture of a dog race.


Anonymous said...

In Bavaria, persons applying for civil service positions have to declare if they are Scientologists. The state of Hesse, controlled by a more liberal political party, has instituted a similar policy. Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrats have taken the same route. Scientologists are working for their cause, and not for the public good.

The US should take the same stance as the Germans.