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Broad Foundation Says with Election of Obama and His Appointment of Duncan, the Stars are Aligned

by Susan Ohanian

One thing about Eli Broad: He can't resist gloating. Note this snippet from The Broad Foundation Annual Report 2009/2010: Entrepreneurship for The Public Good in Education, Science, and the Arts [sic]:

The election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of Arne Duncan, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, as the U.S. secretary
of education, marked the pinnacle of hope for our work in education reform. In many ways, we feel the stars have finally aligned.

With an agenda that echoes our decade of investments--charter schools, performance pay for teachers, accountability, expanded learning time and national standards--the Obama administration is poised to cultivate and bring to fruition the seeds we and other reformers have planted. [emphasis added]

There you have it: couldn't be clearer.

NOTE: One other thing trumpeted in the Broad Foundation Annual Report:

4 Broad Residents have been placed in the U.S. Department of Education.

Heed the wording: have been placed. These Broad operatives weren't "chosen"; they were placed.

NOTE: The Report also announces that Broad Superintendents Academy fellows and Broad Residents have been "appointed, placed or are currently working in the following locations" [The inconsistency of providing some state names and not others, as well as the antediluvian abbreviations is how Broad did it in the report]:

  • Akron, Ohio

  • Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Andover, Kan.

  • Antioch, Calif.

  • Arlington, Mass.

  • Atlanta

  • Aurora, Colo.

  • Baltimore

  • Benton Harbor, Mich.

  • Boston

  • Brockton, Mass.

  • Burien, Wash.

  • Central Falls, R.I.

  • Charleston, S.C.

  • Charlotte, N.C.

  • Chicago

  • Clayton County, Ga.

  • Cobb County, Ga.

  • Denver

  • Detroit

  • Durham, N.C.

  • Duval County, Ga.

  • East Baton Rouge, La.

  • Elgin, Ill.

  • Elizabeth, N.J.

  • Fairfield, Calif.

  • Fort Bend, Texas

  • Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • Fort Worth, Texas

  • Fresno, Calif.

  • Fulton County, Ga.

  • Hartford, Conn.

  • Heampstead, N.Y.

  • Houston

  • Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Kansas City, Mo.

  • Knox County, Tenn.

  • Long Beach, Calif.

  • Lorain, Ohio

  • Los Angeles

  • Marlborough, Mass.

  • Mechanicsburg, Pa.

  • Miami

  • Minneapolis

  • Montgomery, Ala.

  • New Orleans

  • New York

  • Newark, N.J.

  • North Allegheny, Pa.

  • Oakland, Calif.

  • Oklahoma City

  • Paterson, N.J.

  • Philadelphia

  • Pittsburgh

  • Pomona, Calif.

  • Portland, Ore.

  • Portsmouth, R.I.

  • Prince Edward County, Va.

  • Prince George's County, Md.

  • Providence, R.I.

  • Richmond, Va.

  • Rochester, N.Y.

  • Rockford, Ill.

  • Sacramento, Calif.

  • San Diego

  • San Diego County

  • San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

  • San Francisco

  • San Lorenzo, Calif.

  • Seattle

  • Springfield, Mass.

  • Sterling Heights, Mich.

  • St. Louis

  • Stockton, Calif.

  • Swampscott, Mass.

  • Upper Marlboro, Md.

  • Washington, D.C.

  • Washoe County, Nev.

  • Wilmington, Del.

  • Worcester,Mass.
  • — Broad Foundation
    Broad Foundation Annual Report





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