Santa Fe Public Schools plans a final vote on approving (or not) a contract to engage the private, Florida-based Atlantic Education Partners to set up a recruitment/teaching program to draw eligible drop-out students back into the fold and get them to earn their high-school diploma. Local and state teacher unions are arguing that this violates a section of our state constitution. Read more here: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/school-board-to-vote-tonight-on-dropout-contract/article_ef07544d-3936-590e-8d6f-04bed987dd7e.html

The board meeting is at 5:30 p.m. today - Tuesday March 18th, at the Education Services Center on Alta Vista Street in Santa Fe. 

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Cate Moses

This is the privatization of our public schools that Boyd came here to set in motion.

Follow the money.

Atlantic Education Partners' website lists only four employees: "executive team" members. Three were part of Jeb Bush's failed education reform in Florida--with Joel Boyd and Hannah Skandera.

Atlantic "executive team" member, Deonia Simmons resigned from his last job in South Carolina, as director of the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence--in Oct. 2013--in the middle of the school year--immediately after police began a criminal investigation of the school and seized staff computer equipment from. The investigation is apparently ongoing.

Of Atlantic Education Partners' four "executive team" members, three have ties to Ground Zero of corporate education reform, the Eli Broad Foundation (BF), financed by Republican far right billionaire Eli Broad. The BF has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting shoddy for-profit and virtual schools like "Engage Santa Fe."

Atlantic execs Bart Anderson, and Joel Boyd's Florida crony Joseph Wise, are "fellows" of the BF.

Atlantic executive Amy Mims, was part of the team of BF graduate, superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard, who was famously thrown out of Chicago by its home-grown teachers’ organization in 2012. Mims packed her bags, hastily exited Chicago, and turned up at Atlantic Education Partners.

Santa Fe needs to wake up and show Joel Boyd and Atlantic Education Scammers the door.

Jennifer Bizzarro

Why does everything that involves "improving" New Mexico's education system or its students have ties to Florida?

After VERY little research--in fact, a two-step Google--it was simple to learn that it was Secretary-designate Skandera and Santa Fe School Board Chair Linda Trujillo (remember she of the "Starbucks" comment?) have given the property taxpayer dollars in Santa Fe County to Jeb Bush and his cronies in Florida after all, starting with the kids that don't want to go to high school in the first place--they dropped out, didn't they? They could start out as others before them have, only with a higher minimum wage than many state workers currently earn. Plus they already have the opportunity to (1) go back to school or (2) earn their GED.

Excuse me for feeling sold out and very put upon. I will go out on a limb for education and worked very hard for my own, but why are dropouts entitled to privatized education at my expense? Why are anyone's kids entitled to a privatized educational program, with money sent out of state to a politically affiliated entity?

I do not think that because I can afford a home in Santa Fe that I should be forced to underwrite the costs of others without at least a "by your leave."

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