Department of Ed Creates New Six-Figure job, While Wielding Sequester Ax

Fox News, March 20, 2013

The Department of Education’s sequester cuts are taking a brutal toll on federally-funded schools on Native American reservations, but the federal agency still found money to create a new six-figure job promoting “Educational Excellence for African-Americans.”

School officials on reservations across Minnesota have begun making painful cuts to the current budget in anticipation of sequester cuts, adding students to classrooms, slashing course offerings and leaving vacant jobs unfilled, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. At least one reservation is considering shortening the school year to save money.

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State education advocates say the cuts could threaten hard-won progress made by Native Americans. Last year saw graduation rates at 22 Native American school districts rise 3 percentage points, up to about 45 percent.

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But in Washington, education funding cuts did not stop the appointment this month of a former elementary school teacher and aide to Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. to the job of executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. David Johns was given the newly created job, where he will be “asked to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African-American student achievement from cradle to career,” according to the Department of Education.

The goal of the initiative is to work with federal, state and local agencies, as well as community groups, to “produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African-American students.”

Previously, the White House has created similar initiatives to serve Hispanics, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders and American Indian and Native Americans and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. {snip}

Johns had been serving as a senior education policy adviser to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Before that, he was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in Rangel’s office. Johns’ salary in the new job is $123,758, according to a department official.

{snip} While most school districts are funded with local taxes, those on tax-exempt Native American lands depend on federal funding.

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  • The__Bobster

    Obongo’s motto: For the Bantus everything, for the rest nothing.

    He won’t do anything to harm his own lifestyle or the lifestyles of his homies.

  • StillModerated

    $123,758.00 per year works out to a paltry $14.09 an hour — if the educrat munchkin works 24/7!

    • Mogibs medats

      What if it works 5 hours a day 4 days a week?

      • Michael_C_Scott

        It works out to lots of time to enjoy the shiny bling that sort of salary will buy.

  • But in Washington, education funding cuts did not stop the appointment
    this month of a former elementary school teacher and aide to Rep.
    Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. to the job of executive director of the White
    House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.

    But his old boss doesn’t grok basic math:

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/03/21/charlie-rangel-were-talking-about-millions-kids-dying-being-shot-down

    • George

      Hiya, Q.D.!

      I always read your posts with interest, but I can’t help but mention that you overuse Heinlein’s term ‘grok’. I must admit I cringe a little whenever I see you using it.

      Surely ‘comprehend’ or ‘understand’ is a better word choice for those who haven’t read Stranger in a Strange Land, or those for whom it’s not part of one’s everyday vocabulary. Some might call it pretentious at worst, geeky at best.

      As for the link, yes, Noel Sheppard is entirely correct. Hyperbole wins out over facts on the liberal left. It’s easier to talk about ‘millions’ of dead children when the actual number is only a handful.

      This relates to the article: We have a federal government that will no longer provide post-secondary education to serving members of the military, but which will be spending vast sums to show that they are doing something to narrow the educational gap between blacks and everyone else. Anything ‘evidence based’ shows that this is a pipe dream, but it won’t stop them from using our money in increasing amounts in their efforts to appear productive.

      • Pretentious? Me? Who would have ever thought? Really, in my effort to try and walk people off the ledge about the massive and strange FedGov ammo buys, when I was floating the theory that Obama was deliberately flooding the market with buy orders to dry out the supply and/or make it unaffordable for us in the domestic market, I was about to say that Obama was engaged in sort of a DDOS attack. Now THAT would have been geeky and pretentious.

        You’re right, sometimes plain English is better. I also know there was another George (RIP) who was a regular here at AR who thought I was using “grok” too much.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    In a multiracial country, all politics become about race. Since the current administration is run by a black, for blacks, all other minorities are going to fare worse than they would under a white liberal.

    • DestinySchmestiny

      Since this country was run by whites for whites from 1783 to 2008 for 225 years and since blacks are 13% of the population they deserve to rule for atleast 29 years. And Barak Obama’s rule only counts as 4 years of black rule coz he’s half white…so we should look forward to 25 more years under blacks… and 23 years under mexicans… Asians come next for 11 years. So I’d say realistically the next president shouldn’t be white until the tricentennial in 2076. It’s just not fair to the rest of us. Pun intended.

  • joesolargenius

    Perhaps we could put the blacks on their own reservation, I believe Death Valley has some unused land available and they would be near Las Vegas for parting purposes.

  • Political patronage at it’s best.

    Seriously, what is a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow?

    • Somebody’s niece or nephew.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Black politician to his niece: “Good news. I’s be gonna give you a sinecure.”

        Niece: “Don’t need one. They jus’ did my nails at the salon.”

  • MBlanc46

    A former aide to Charles Rangel? He surely knows gobs about “evidence-based best practices”.

  • bigone4u

    I hate the word “initiative.” I heard it a million times when I worked in higher ed. It’s just a code word for creating an affirmative action job and putting another line on somebody’s resume. Taxpayers should recognize the stench that comes from the word “initiative.”

    • Paleoconn

      It used to mean an individual’s independence of will doing something on their own to find a solution to something. Now, it means, government intervention to solve a problem that does not exist, and though marketed as a temporary program, we all know Milton Friedman’s quote that there is nothing more permanent than a temporary government program.

  • Whirlwinder

    The Dept. of Education should be the first bureaucracy cut when real people retain the government of America. Top down is the absolute worst case scenario for education.

  • George

    David Johns was given the newly created job, where he will be “asked to
    identify evidence-based best practices to improve African-American
    student achievement from cradle to career,”

    Surely they meant: ‘Best practises to control blacks from conception to crib to cage to coffin’. *THAT* would be worth a six-figure salary.

    Just a few tips for Mr. Johns:

    – Head Start does not work. At all. Scrap it and use the money to cut taxes or build more prisons.

    – Additional spending on special education and remedial programmes is wasted on blacks.

    It’s not a matter of getting additional funding or creating new programmes. It’s a matter of maintaining harsh discipline in the classroom for our undertow. The only thing that should be liberal in a classroom of blacks is the application of physical correction. It’s the only way they learn.