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“DISCONNECTED!” — More on ConnectEd (2006ff nonprofit) and WestEd (1995ff JPA claiming to be since 1966). Can YOU Follow the Connections, Find and Correlate the Financial Statements, and Name the EndGame(s)?

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SEPT. 29, 2017 Update ( in fine print, maroon borders before “Post Foreword,”  also in fine print but with light-blue background):

This post was just made “Sticky” Sep. 29, 2017. It will display with others above all normal posts, which show up in chronological order (most recent on top) in main blog area. I may not get back to revising the “sticky posts” list (itself such a post) to reflect the two, so far, I’ve added while updating the 2017 Table of Contents Page (Posted Jan. 9, 2017 and also, you guessed it, a “sticky” post on this blog).

Readers are encouraged to work through this material if it’s contents and concepts are not already familiar. We are talking regional, joint powers authorities, influential and networked educational authorities here working with a nonprofit sponsored by an influential California billionaire real estate developer, or I should say, by the related tax-exempt foundation associated with the company owned by that ONE PERSON (as of writing original publication date here).  

If these concepts and this material already is familiar, especially how to distinguish private from government entities, even when major attempts to blur that boundary are made by the powerful in each claiming heartfelt concern for the disenfranchised (vulnerable, low-income, oppressed, hurting, poor — etc.) and especially expressing major concern for (re-)setting the values and schooling for the next generation of THEIR POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES, please make efforts to explain to other people, especially including people outside your normal social or academic sphere as somehow you obtained this knowledge within yours.  Try “an elevator speech,” a casual conversation with a stranger in public who might not be en route to an important appointment.  I suggest not starting with people sporting PhDs and solid employment within academia; they may lack interest (or incentive — if the system’s working just fine for them…) or fail to see its relevance to the rest of us, unless they are unusually honest with a dose of humility.  Curiosity about the world we live in can be catching…. Apologies (sort of…) in advance for the jaundiced tone and sarcasm in this Sept. 2017 update to what I consider one of my more important posts and personally shocking discoveries. //LGH


Also, as it shows below, I am looking for a missing financial statement for a certain government entity listed in this title.  If you work for this entity other than in a decision-making capacity (if you do, consider this “notice” that the MIA information been noticed and is being publicized…) — please try to persuade the leadership to do the honorable thing (for a change) and as a governmental entity, post the financial statements (NOT just the latest one, but an archive of them) on the otherwise well-heeled, publication- and links-filled website! If they won’t, and one exists SOMEWHERE, I have a comments field…it can accept links! I’m considering an “APB” for this one…

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Post Foreword:

This post was basically written in full March 27, 2017, and sidelined while I continued researching things Anneberg and others you can see on the sidebar under “Recent Posts” and as shown in images near the top of the “Today’s Lesson … Annenberg Learner” (most recent) post.  (The drill-downs can occupy full attention for a long time while I’m processing the information also).

Looking to move forward with other writing, I quickly (less than one day) did some more interior decorating (added images and text) to the top part, standardized some formatting on the bottom, and posting it May 11, 2017.  I am still beginning to grasp (in “awe”) the scope of the combined intents to transform the entire public school system in an agreed-upon direction by certain networked entities, the cooperation of the US and other Departments of Education in the process (partly understandable – they’re getting significant grants from a number of private tax-exempt foundations over time, for each new favorite “transformation model,” whether it’s “Linked Learning” (here) or “Evidence2Success” (Annie E. Casey foundation promoting over at the AISR at Brown University (AISR = “Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University”) or others.  You can see it in the tax returns.

This is an important post, and I hope readers take time to work through the comments on the images not just the narratives surrounding them.  It explains some key concepts graphically and shows my reasoning behind a statement of alarm about putting “system transformation” in the hands of parties who have already proven themselves dishonest in:  fiscal transparency and compliance with basic state-level laws of commerce.

In adding some images from USPTO.gov regarding WestEd, I ask WHY would a JPA be formed to do major commerce, competing with the private sector, in such a broad field as “educational services.”

Towards the bottom, particularly for Californians, the current owner of James Irvine Foundation, Donald Bren, is profiled, which just goes to show how power and wealth can indeed be consolidated under even just ONE person, to the point that they run, literally, cities and major parts of a state whose economy has been compared to that of Brazil in recent times.

How it was done is also interesting.  But at least the top ¾ of this post, I would say, don’t miss!   Sincerely, LGH (Let’s Get Honest) 5/11/2017

 “DISCONNECTED!” — More on ConnectEd (2006ff nonprofit) and WestEd (1995ff JPA claiming to be since 1966). Can YOU Follow the Connections, Find and Correlate the Financial Statements, and Name the EndGame(s)? (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-6k7”)

One entity above is private & nonprofit, the other public & governmental.  As such, one would provide a corporate registration and (being that kind of nonprofit) Form 990s and the other OUGHT to be providing Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (“CAFR”) as a government entity, from what I understand.  It took me a while to find the corporate (secretary of state) business filing for the first entity (in part because of a colon and because its logo made it sound like the name did not include part of the title — and how many entities with the word “Connected” do you imagine might occur in a large state which contains Silicon Valley (?).

Some of its logos and a reminder that it is NOT (despite the name) restricted to practice in just California, and a second reminder that, like its 2006-forward sponsor “The James Irvine Foundation,” it’s quite enthusiastic about the digital hook-up and School-to-Work pipeline (“Linked Learning”) as an avenue to system-wide transformation (into an electronically hooked-up, school-to-work pipeline), which at this point in my blogging life, I’m starting to believe is a sort of addictive drug (cf. a few generations ago, one might say, someone “drank the [spiked] Kool-Aid.”):

NEXT THREE IMAGES: ConnectEd~The CalifCtr for Career + Learning plus LINKEDIN plus James Irivine Fndtn Plus Where ConnectEd works besides Calif SShots 1, 2, and 3 2017May11:

(#1 of 3, Click the Image)

#2 of 3, Click the image.

#3 of 3, Click the image.

But the other entity wouldn’t show up in that database, although apparently it must file a statement with the Secretary of State (here, for California at a minimum.  It was organized under California Joint Powers Act) separately.

In case there’s any question that WestEd is a government entity, the next two images are a record from the USPTO.gov, showing its trademark #17 of 17 (and the list of 17 currently “Live” status).  I’ll provide the “heavily annotated” (with commentary) version (commentary mostly in yellow rectangles and/or involving squiggly arrows; the neater stuff in some red, some blue, but mostly black-and-white fine print is courtesy USPTO.gov.  I’m also providing a link to a cleaner view of the same (on the trademarking of the term “WestEd” itself.  I DNR if I posted this elsewhere or not already:

Click image for better view of the USPTO “TESS” (Trademark) search results and search string

Click image for my commentary! (Detail on WordMark “WestEd” #17 of 17 on this particular search.) Click HERE for a cleaner copy, with more header/footer info from the government website, but my comments entail questioning why a government entity of this scope is filing for trademarks, i.e., planning to enter major-sector commerce in a major way [and thereafter, fails to produce proper reports for the public.]


 

(MOVING ON WITH POST, ABOUT its TITLE):

Pardon the pun on an entity with the word “ConnectEd” in its name and another one who has, apparently, disconnected its governmental conscience from providing AND POSTING proper CAFR statements, year after year, starting with its first year of existence, yet while hiding this information, also is running RELS (regional education laboratories), which would seem to belie the basic meaning behind the word “educate” (“Contradict” might be a more appropriate word.  It’s hypocritical!) From this (“Disconnected!”) post, which was basically completed in draft form (except this introduction) March 27, 2017, I had to say:

“…I challenge anyone (I just did) to scour the entire WestEd website, including links at bottom, links at top, lists of Clients, list of Funders (check it out!), and see if there is ONE reference to the existence of any financial statement for the entity, anywhere on it.  It’s as though the inspired leadership has forgotten the “accounta-bility to taxpayers” part, although they’re quite active in evaluating, reporting and judging other entities providing education services.  FYI, State Boards of Education (several) were signers to the JPA** under both FWL and under SWRL, as well as The University of California Board of Regents.  But WestEd is still a separate agency — so where are its “books?”…..”

**(Joint Powers Agreemt. to form this Joint Powers Agency. FWL and SWRL will be shown below).


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