Reserve your seat now for the Skinny awards; & update on DOE’s flawed contracts and court decision on teacher evaluation

May 11, 2016

Dear Friend,

1. We’re holding our annual “Skinny” award dinner on Thursday June 9, presenting a Lifetime Achievement award to Juan Gonzalez, investigative reporter, who just retired from the NY Daily News. Juan has done more than any other human being to uncover corruption in city spending and the charter school sector, as well as having cast light on many other education issues over the course of his illustrious career.

We are also honoring Robert Powell, who recently resigned from the Panel for Education Policy. Robert, as the Bronx representative on the Panel, cast the lone vote against a huge DOE contract to be given Computer Consultant Specialists, which had engaged in a massive kickback scheme just a few years ago, a story Juan covered so well that City Hall eventually rejected the contract, saving millions in the process.

To buy your ticket for this special evening honoring Juan and Robert, along with a four course dinner and wine with friends and allies, please click here or here:

Last year we sold out, so please reserve your tickets now!

2. On Sunday, the NY Post reported on some of the reasons for Robert’s resignation and the failure of the PEP to provide proper financial oversight. On the blog, I summarize many of the other recent revelations and news articles about the DOE’s deeply flawed procurement processes — leading to hundreds of millions of dollars sent to vendors with records of fraud and waste.

3. Finally there was terrific news yesterday: Judge Roger McDonough of the NY Supreme Court ruled that the state’s teacher evaluation system based on student test score growth was “arbitrary and capricious”. More on this, including the Judge’s full decision in the case of Long Island teacher Sheri Lederman, on my blog here.

Hope to see you June 9th at the Skinny awards!

Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters
124 Waverly Pl.
New York, NY 10011

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