|The Synesi/SUPES Connection|
I can almost understand the omission. Vallas tried to keep his ties to Soloman and Synesi a secret, especially once the investigation began, even while setting the table for their consulting contracts in district after district. Then Soloman came out and claimed, "he had used Vallas’ name without permission and it was a mistake.”
Sorry -- It always takes me a while to stop rolling on the floor with laughter when I hear stuff like that.
I kept badgering the reporters on Twitter. Sometimes it takes a poke in the eye with a sharp stick to get their attention:
@AJCGetSchooled And it's not just in Chicago. DeKalb too. http://t.co/fL8fXBtD5K… #Supes #Synesi #Soloman Still no mention of #Vallas— Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky) May 7, 2015
Remember, Vallas got his asst. in La., LaVonne Sheffield, hired as Rockford Supt. (Shades of Byrd-Bennett #Synesi) https://t.co/K2RtuV6MQ1— Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky) May 7, 2015
I warned about this in '09. http://t.co/I722w2SgXE— Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky) May 7, 2015
Remember Vallas' Chief Education Officer in Chicago, Cozette Buckney? http://t.co/4qALUi2Shx— Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky) May 7, 2015
#Vallas has a new consulting firm. http://t.co/SWEHo5ZVit No more Soloman. They're the ones doing DeKalb Cty. http://t.co/0pKrHMRzR2— Mike Klonsky (@mikeklonsky) May 7, 2015
Finally in this morning's S-T we find the following. Credit reporters Lauren Fitzpatrick, Dan Mihalopoulos, and Fran Spielman.
[Former CPS CEO, J.C.] Brizard is not the only former top CPS executive Solomon knew.
Paul Vallas, who was former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first schools chief, said he met Solomon about 10 years ago, when Vallas led Philadelphia’s public schools.Vallas said lawyers for the Philadelphia district sent Solomon a cease-and-desist letter because Solomon’s consulting company at the time boasted of holding “the exclusive rights to Paul Vallas’ model” for education reform. “He apologized and dropped it from his website,” Vallas said...
Another Solomon company, Synesi Associates, worked in Louisiana while Vallas was the top official in New Orleans. On the Synesi website, the company says it participated in “the successful implementation” of Vallas’ goals and led efforts that landed a $10 million grant from a private foundation.
Those assertions and other by Synesi are vast exaggerations, Vallas said. “He played no role in policy development,” Vallas said of Solomon.See how they run.