Who Pays Whom?

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There's an LA Times story out today (here) saying that Huberman (and, I would hope, Board members and senior staff) are prohibited from receiving compensation from outside vendors, which is apparently allowed in some other districts .  But is that right? I am assuming that vendors can (and do) pay central office staffers for their time, or for trips, or for their dinners.  Or, given the lax controls on Board expense accounts, maybe the staffers pay for dinner with the vendors. What's officially allowed, and what's been known to happen? 

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  • A few years ago CPS gave us a single ethics 'training', where someone in each office had to read a list of rules to the other staff. As I recall the limit of 'perks' you can receive from a vendor including meals, gifts, trips, etc. cannot exceed $50 a year.

  • Ethics? What Ethics. Curriculum is written by the text book publishers and Central Office wants to see those books used so it sends the newest layer of bean counters to check in the classrooms. Public Education for sale. Count how many basal series have been pushed into schools in the last 5 years. Dibels assessment and their ilk need to go. A waste of time. The staff development offered by most of these providers is wanting and third rate. What a waste of money. There is no accountability for those who choose to waste millions of dollars.

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    we were forced to use Pearson (Screma) by CPS/CAO--what a waste of time and big $$. Guess what, the mock ISAT exam we bought with the Pearson reading package--the questions and answers are wrong! Cconfused our students to no end, and us too! pearson publishes ISAT-right? What a mess!

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    what's even crazier is that this series CAME with the mock Pearson ISAT exam and the CAO made us copy the mock ISAT exam from the ISBE site. Now we have to give the students ANOTHER mock ISAT test. Even the CAOs do NOT know what is in the series they make us spend $$ on and use! When do we get to teach instead of test?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Huberman can save money cutting off worthless service packages. Truth be told, the folks making money off the backs of our students are the publishers and the technology companies. Most grants have written into them "accountability" measures which require the inversion of taxpayer money into technology/database/webservices. The necessity of using two old services (gradebook and Chancery) to handle grades and student data is a waste and a pain to use even after training! e-IEP is a disaster. CPS University is also a pain and not intuitive. First Class and Outlook are at least 2 generations old. All fail the KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) requisite for good software. I imagine the upkeep is high for all this crap. If Huberman had to use them on a daily basis, I believe he would hold someone accountable for such a shoddy operation. Huberman doesn't. Huberman, if he was smart cut Dibels assessments and their ilk. First, they are not very good and keep teachers from teaching. I imagine more teachers can chime in on the gross waste of buying programs recently within CPS. Somebody is making some serious money off the backs of our children! How many millions could be saved by doing things correctly. Mr. Huberman, the new layers of incompetent "managers" to do your bean counting for the CAO's and other offices not only waste money but also cause more problems that does damage to learning.

  • In reply to viniciusdm:

    How we do dibbles at out school?--at toilet time. As the students stand in line to wait their turn to use the washroom, we teachers pull one child at a time out to give them their test. Now this is a good idea, but fails in the fact that students are standing in line a long time while their classmates are individually tested. Well, at least we can call some of this time 'physical education' since they are standing and walking back and forth...

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