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Nine months for Tedesco’s group and still nothing there

Last Friday was the nine-month anniversary for Wake School board member and state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate John Tedesco’s North Carolina Center for Education Reform. And as we reported on the six-month anniversary, the evident output of actual work from the group remains, despite Tedesco’s healthy salary, a big fat goose egg.  

The “group” still has a superficially attractive website, but don’t look to close lest you find yourself having to endure the tortured grammar or the embarrassing attempts to describe the Center’s “work”(all of which appears to remain essentially hypothetical).

Here’s another fun bit of complete gibberish from the site that refers to an incomprehensible “initiative”called “Connect Ed”:

“ConnectED works to tear down the silos, connect stakeholders across traditional boundaries, and empower stakeholders.  Through this initiative NCCER will build the infrastructure needed and foster the opportunities to engage stakeholders. We will tap into and connect our stakeholders across NC and beyond our borders looking for best practices and innovative practices. Through interactive and on-going video networking, social media, discussion boards, chat rooms, online learning libraries, and stakeholder support services we will mobilize stakeholders to cross-pollinate the best initiatives that produce measurable results. We will utilize the modern tools that are common for most industries in the 21st century to unite a grassroots coalition of stakeholders empowered to make a real difference for young people.

ConnectED works with all stakeholders to identify targeted alignments and collaborative promise. ConnectED ignites the sparks that can get stakeholders engaging in the crucial conversations needed for change. Then we will invest dollars from our donors directly into in those efforts with IMPACT & EMPOWERMENT Grants provided to schools and classrooms willing to innovate and show results. We will remain a partner to our stakeholders in the implementation of these successful initiatives and showcase measurable results broadly to encourage replication of what works.

Yikes! And you thought only liberals enjoyed this kind of talk!

Bottom line: It’s pretty darned clear that Tedesco remains “employed” by rich conservatives to hold and run for public office. Presumably, they will keep on the payroll until he is defeated a few times. After that, he will have to look for work and/or find someone to help him make the NC Center for Education Reform a real organization. At this point it is clearly nothing of the kind.

2 Comments


  1. gregflynn

    March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    The organization still claims that “All contributions are tax deductible” even though it is NOT listed by the IRS among “Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions”.

  2. jlp75

    March 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I just created a new drinking game. Read that paragraph and take a shot every time you see the word stakeholders. If you are still standing at the end, congrats.

    Seriously though, I do not see how this is legal. He has basically pocketed $54,000 from outside sources to be a sock puppet on the school board. Where is the investigation?

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