“two million dollars ($2,000,000) to purchase books and instructional material
” (Emphasis added).
Ms. Amador-Guzman reported in an LESC meeting on 11/13-16/2012 that PED issued amemo announcing that it would
to purchase books and instructionalmaterials to schools that received a letter grade of “A” or to “Top Growth” schools.
“The funding source of the awards for those schools, Ms. Amador-Guzman said, was a general obligation (GO) bond authorized in 2010.
Members of the LESC noted that the wordingin the legislation for the bond was
to provide funds to schools statewide
. The chair of the LESC questioned the legality of using GO bonds for rewarding ”A” schools.According to LESC minutes dated 6/18-20/2012,
“Mr. Craig also noted that the 2012 Legislature did not appropriate $1.25 million that the executive had requested for monetary rewards for A-grade schools.”
PED may have broken the law, and clearly violated the voters trust, because theadministration was denied funds to reward schools the way they do in Florida.Legislation pushed by the administration to financially reward “A” schools wasoriginated in draft legislation by Christy Hovanetz, a full-time salaried employee of theFoundation for Excellence in Education (“FEE”) on January 24, 2011. See below aboutcontract payments made to Ms. Hovanetz by PED while she was still receiving her salaryfrom FEE.Item #5- LESC Minutes 11/13-16/2012Item #6- LESC Minutes 6/18-20/2012Item #7- Email w/ attachment from Christy Hovanetz to Hanna Skandera 1/24/113)
Altered the job qualifications
fully federally funded
with Title I funds
“Education Administrator-Advanced NAEP Coordinator” (A contractor position for theUS Department of Education) in order to ensure that the position went to the wife of Keith Gardner, Governor Martinez’s chief of staff. A string of emails show that Gardner was kept in the loop for the hiring of his wife—a direct financial benefit -- a conflict of interest under federal procurement rules.The job qualifications for this advanced administrator position were altered to require
classroom teaching experience within the previous 12 months
and eliminated aneducational requirements for course work in statistics or assessment. Requiring recentclassroom experience
eliminated anyone who worked as an administrator
within thelast year including the acting administrator, who had extensive administration experience.Despite several very qualified applicants only Ms. Gardner was deemed qualified.Item #8- Email (Gardner/Skandera)- Skandera Request Letter for PositionItem #9A-D- Job Descriptions changes 2011 vs. 2010, 2007,2006.Item # 10- Federal contracting conflict of interest definition.