Monday, June 3, 2013

California Charter Chain, Green Dot, Advertising for Memphis High School Principal

The corporate wizards who are calling the shots in the new exploded version of Memphis schools have their eye turned toward an Eli Broad charter creation to take over one of the high schools in Memphis.  Will the target be Carver High, where parents seem willing to do anything to keep the name of the school--even if it means turning the school over for corporate management with a whole new team of missionary beginners who will learn to teach on their children? With a high paid corporate overseer?

Green Dot posted the ad below on June 2 for a school principal, with a minimum salary ($95,000) that is higher than the median salary of $89,600 for Memphis public school principals.  But that's one of the benefits of having a patron named Eli Broad (rhymes with toad), who gave Steve Barr millions to spread the Green Dot charter chain, mostly in California.  So far.  Here is the ad:

Job Summary
Date Posted:
Los Angeles, CA
Salary Range:
$95,000 $113,000
Job Contact Phone:
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Principal - Memphis
Job Description
Green Dot Public Schools ( is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of top three largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform in the State of California. We are the only charter school operator in the country to lead the wholesale take-over and turn-around of a 3,000-plus student high school. The U.S. Department of Education featured Green Dot as a national leader in school turnarounds. Green Dot currently employs nearly 1,000 dedicated mission-driven personnel to serve more than 10,000 students.

Green Dot’s mission is to transform public education in Los Angeles so that every student can graduate, prepared for college, leadership, and life.  We achieve this mission by running a network of middle and high schools in low-income communities and influencing the Los Angeles school district to transform its failing secondary schools into clusters of small successful schools.

We are the only charter school operator in the country to lead the wholesale take-over and turn-around of a 3,000-plus student high school. Green Dot’s take-over of Locke High School has received national recognition and has been hailed by the U.S. Department of Education as a model for turnaround schools.

Green Dot recently decided to expand nationally and has applied to the Achievement School District for the opportunity to help transform multiple secondary schools within Memphis over the next ten years.  In order to support these efforts, Green Dot is building a Memphis regional team that will build relationships with community and family stakeholders, coach and support teachers and Principals, as well as manage relationships with the ASD. Memphis schools will also access supports from Green Dot’s home office in California.

We are seeking talented educational leaders, with a desire to foster high levels of academic achievement in urban high schools.  Our Principals are truly empowered and, in conjunction with teachers, have autonomy over all hiring, budgeting and curriculum decisions.  Principals will be held accountable for delivering student results in line with agreed upon goals.

> Hire and develop school staff (certificated and classified)
> Serve as administrator and instructional leader of the school, direct and supervise the curriculum and guidance program of the school
> Responsible for planning the master schedule of classes for students and for assigning members of the certificated staff
> Evaluate the performance of Teachers and other school employees and counsel them on their individual development
> Mold student discipline policies to meet unique student population needs
> Direct financial and human resources at the school site
> Responsible for school budgetary planning and business operations
> Work closely with parents and the community at large
> Initiate and implement community support and advisory groups
> Accountable for students' overall academic performance
> Manage school revenues and expenses to stay within agreed upon budget
> Available for contact with parents, students and staff to discuss student progress and problems after class, at night or on weekends (via cell phone or in person)
> Maintain work hours extending beyond school hours for other professional duties or functions such as staff meetings, etc.
> Maintain professional standards and a school environment that is productive, safe and focused
> Participate in Green Dot and individual professional development
> Participate in other events aimed at promoting or developing Green Dot and its schools (i.e., student recruitment)

> Valid Administrator credentials
> Relevant Masters or equivalent degree
>Substantial teaching experience at the middle or high school level, with a history of improving student achievement
> Experience working in an urban school setting
> Prior administrative experience a large plus
> Demonstrated leadership capabilities
> Proven management and team building skills
> Experience managing budgets, creating and implementing policies
> Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
> Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
> A passion for improving urban high schools and driving education reform

This employer strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential.

The annual salary range for this position is $95,000 - $113,000. We also offer a comprehensive benefits plan as well as the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to student success.

We require all candidates to complete an online application at

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted. We are looking to fill this position for an October 2013 start date.


Now that Memphis seems to be the first big out-of-state target for Green Dot, it seems appropriate to ask how things are going at the L.A. high school, Locke High, where Barr did his"wholesale take-over and turn-around."  

Here is a link to the latest from the State on how testing is going since the Green Dot takeover (note the precipitous drop in African American test scores by over 60 growth points). 

Below is the report card for Locke High School provided by the LA Times.  Read it and weep for the public schools and the taxpayers of Memphis, who will send their public monies back to California to fund the ongoing war against public education.  (Note the years of teaching experience by faculty.)

Alain Leroy Locke High

325 East 111th St., Los Angeles, 90061 (Schools in Green Meadows)

Student body

Student body ethnicity ?
  • Enrollment: 651 students
  • Free and reduced-price lunch:84.4% ?
  • English language learners:61.0%
  • Diversity rank: 5/10 ?
Source: 2009, 2010 state data


Faculty ethnic breakdown ?
  • Total teachers: 78
  • Median teacher experience: 2 years
  • Student-teacher ratio: 8:1 ?
Source: 2008, 2009 state data


Academic Performance Index (API) ?
Source: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 state data
California Standards Tests (STAR) ?
Students scoring "proficient" or above:
  • Students in advanced math: 12% ?
  • No Child Left Behind (AYP) ?
    Fail: Missed 10 of 15 federal targets for 2012

    Fail: Missed five of six federal targets for 2011

    Fail: Missed two of six federal targets for 2010

    Fail: Missed 20 of 22 federal targets for 2009

    Fail: Missed 20 of 22 federal targets for 2008

    Fail: Missed 16 of 22 federal targets for 2007
    SAT Reasoning Test ?
    Source: 2009-2010 state data reported for 256 participants
    Math: 359   Reading: 354   Writing: 366

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