Since so many of the readers of this blog clamor for 'just the facts, Voltaire,' I will dispense with the editorializing about how wrong it is, ethically and morally, to hire a PR consultant to pitch public schools performance to the...well, public. Instead, let me focus on the following disgrace that comes as a direct result of Mr. Hilburg's $48,000 contract for four months work (neither the time nor product has been realized).
Recently, the superintendent had this published to the attention of all teachers in ACPS:
Teachers, we have approximately $22,000 remaining in the Tuition Assistance Fund to cover tuition reimbursement between now and the end of June. Tuition Assistance ranges from approximately $570 to $1,300 per course, depending on the actual tuition costs. As you know, these funds are used to support four, and only four, ACPS priorities (the IB program; ELL or SPED certification holding more than one endorsement; math - content and instruction; reading - content and instruction).
Applications for reimbursement are processed on a first come, first serve basis. When the funds have been fully expended there will be no additional reimbursements, so you should take this into account in your planning for course enrollment.
We wanted you to know the status of the funds available at this time so you are aware of our budget realities. We will post regular status updates on Blackboard. If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Frasier firstname.lastname@example.org.