DDCS Incorporated’s plan to grab the $100 million Preserve Fund surplus includes that they will educate Scottsdale’s “next generation of conservationists what it means to live sustainably in the desert.” That is a tall order for Sam Campana and her consultants, who are neither scientists nor educators. But with $1.76 million of our tax dollars they have sub-contracted for an unproven curriculum just developed this March. And they’ve offered financial incentives to teachers to push this unproven curriculum. We’ll walk you through it from the start…
DDCS, Inc claims to have an “ongoing collaboration” with Scottsdale Unified School District. We spoke with Michelle Marshall, General Counsel for SUSD. SUSD has barely any relationship with the DDC. The school District’s official position is:
SUSD has adhered to this policy throughout. We thank them for their circumspection. **The redactions you see in black were done out of consideration to SUSD Staff, and discussed with SUSD’s Counsel.
Campana is a City contractor, and she began recruiting for an education sub-contractor last Fall.
Campana offers drinks at Scottsdale’s resorts for teachers to listen to her pitch.
SUSD Staff follow the policy, and don’t buy in to Campana’s offers.
Campana tried to recruit teachers to push her curriculum. Less than one-half of one percent of 1400 SUSD teachers were interested in DDCS’s plans.
Campana grows desperate and starts spending money hard. She buys a curriculum from Lisa Herrmann. Herrmann is not a college professor, a teacher, nor a scientist. She has a Masters of Education and builds curriculums for a living — an educrat. Herrmann is qualified to write a curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders. We’re doubtful, however, that her content will be genuinely relevant any more than the New York City designers building a virtual-reality exhibit showing us plants use water.
Next, Campana offers $500 to each teacher to push her brand-new curriculum.
The “grant” for this project came from DDCS Incorporated’s Project Manager Bill Peifer (Building Art). Peifer makes $125/hr at DDCS, and has cleared 6-figures this year. He donates part of his salary tax-free to his nonprofit employer, to drive business, to fund that nonprofit’s expansion plan. Is it a ponzi scheme?
Response from teachers is minimal. Campana tries to incentivize the teachers by offering all-expense paid field trips.
Only 4 teachers out the entire 3rd and 4th grade of SUSD respond.
Sam pushy pushy on her bribe. She adds DDCS Inc’s angel-investor Carol Schilling to the thread, who has given DDCS Inc 60% of their total private cash contributions. Carol Schilling is also married to DDCS Inc Director of Development Randy Schilling. Again we see a cozy monetary arrangement.
SUSD wisely puts the brakes on the kickbacks. Thank you Scottsdale Unified School District!
Campana is now desperate for teachers, and offers money to anyone who will support her curriculum.
Nothing Campana, Peifer or Schilling did here was illegal. Some would say its just the way things gets done. We can all agree, however, that buying a curriculum and financing teachers has never been mentioned prior to the DDCS Inc’s contract in 2016. There is absolutely nothing in the entire history of the Preserve ballot initiatives, bond votes or history about this scope of education spending. This government overreach must go before the voters, and it is the basis of our lawsuit which we will formally file the day after Council votes to act on the DDC.