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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Gray taps outsiders for two top schools posts

By Washington Post Editors

Nikita Stewart reports on the D.C. Wire blog that Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray named an aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker to be the city's deputy mayor of education, and an education guru who has worked in Wisconsin, Atlanta and Chicago to be the new state superintendent of education.

De'Shawn Wright, a founding partner of the Newark Charter School fund and senior adviser to Booer, will replace Deputy Mayor Victor Reinoso.

Hosanna Mahaley, who most recently worked as executive director of social justice and district innovation at the Wireless Generation in Milwaukee, will oversee schools at what the city government calls the state level.

Mahaley, a former pre-algebra teacher, was formerly chief of staff in Chicago public schools.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 22, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
 
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Arguably, both appointees represent improvements over incumbents and will do fine. Note Wright's charter schools role.

Posted by: axolotl | December 22, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hosanna Mahaley (Johnson) is on the board of National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

She and Ms. Kaya Henderson were 2007 fellows over at the Aspen Institute, a group frequented by Michelle Rhee.

Posted by: edlharris | December 23, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Looks like more of the same Duncan-Rhee crap to me.

Posted by: lacy41 | December 24, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing. Looking like Fenty Administration II. What a waste of votes! If he names Kaya Henderson permanently, then it would definitely be time to demonstrate and remind Gray that we voted for improvement of and change to the school system.

Posted by: vscribe | December 24, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows what Wireless Generation is, right? Here's the Wall Street Journal:

"News Corp. Crams for Classes
Media Giant Faces Task of Honing Education Strategy"

"Company executives say the foundation of the media conglomerate's push will be Wireless Generation, a Brooklyn, N.Y., maker of software and other tools to help schools evaluate and monitor student performance and tailor teaching plans accordingly. News Corp. plunked down $360 million last month for 90% of the company.

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp.'s chairman, has tapped outgoing New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to oversee the company's education initiative, a job Mr. Klein is to start next month. The two men have built up a relationship over the years, as Mr. Murdoch has been increasingly outspoken about the need for educational reform. New York City is a Wireless Generation client."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704058704576015431138732862.html

Take the time to read it all, and choose up sides if you haven't yet done so. This endlessly grasping multibillionaire sees the US public schools as his next feeding ground. Unlike Gates' and Eli Broad's mealy mouthed "philanthropy", Murdoch's declarations target the $500 billion public education revenue stream right out loud, and our leaders just bow down to him.

As far as I know, only two voices have broken through the cowardice and complicity of politicians, academics "media empire" cogs. Besides Diane Ravitch, who can't even get on a national news show, there's Bernie Sanders from the senate floor.

"The time is late. The stakes are extraordinary. While it is true that the billionaires and their supporters are “fired up and ready to go,” there is another more important truth. And that is that there are a lot more of us than there are of them."
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=433x527696

Bill, we value and respect the work you've done this fall. You know there is more you have to say; WaPo has been investing agressively in "compliance monitoring" also, and Murdoch might be a rival or an ally in the race to loot our public schools. You are both free and responsible for your choices in how to discuss that question.

This seems to answer any question we might have had about Gray, though. It was a faint hope anyway.

Posted by: mport84 | December 27, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

mport84 is right! It's important for readers to know the backstory.

With no-bid multi-million dollar contracts, Wireless Generation Inc. exemplifies corporate voraciousness in classrooms funded by taxpayers at the state and federal levels without disclosure and accountability. Students and teachers are hijacked in the form of corporate testing licenses on a PDA to generate profits for the executives, insiders, and the investors. Testing schemes on the hand-held devices misuse valuable instructional time and add no value to learning.

In 2002, Wireless Generation was erected with federal IERI grant funds of at least $6.7 million funneled through the UT-System. In 2004, the Texas Education Agency, the UT-System, University of Houston, and several “researchers” began receiving undisclosed royalties(kickbacks) from Wireless Generation funneled through the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. As a result of no-bid contracts paid with federal, state, and local funds, WG reaps millions in profits for “progress monitoring” on a PDA of the DIBELS K-3 test and the Texas Primary Reading Inventory test without disclosing conflicts of interest with the UT-System and the University of Oregon.

On a related NCLB policy-testing-technology-royalty scam, Wireless Generation insiders and lobbyists were involved with the Reading First federal grant swindle. The company was also involved in the scandal involving New Jersey’s Race to the Top application.

Will Vince Gray demand disclosure of financial conflicts of interest and no-bid contracts with Wireless Generation/NewsCorp and his employees?

Hosanna Mahaley and Wireless Generation

http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache:UE6scr34hBUJ:www.wgen.net/assets/pdf/releases/2009/Hosanna_Johnson_announcement.pdf+Hosanna+Mahaley+Johnson&hl=en&gl=us

Arne Duncan and Wireless Generation

http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/The_Board_of_Education/Documents/BoardActions/2008_07/08-0723-PR16.pdf

Posted by: nfsbrrpkk | December 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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