Several Schwarz staff members offered a starkly different view. Officials within and without the system became aware of problems at Schwarz at various points through the year but took little action, said William Brown, who taught physical education. Michael Haggen, the deputy superintendent who oversaw alternative education at the Recovery District, did visit Schwarz several times, Brown said. [emphasis added]
Schwarz Alternative School in New Orleans chaotic; struggled to serve system’s neediest students—6/28/09, nola.com/Times-Picayune
He was also for a time the Chief Academic Officer for the RSD in 2007:
When Recovery School District Chief Academic Officer Michael Haggen promised to end the waiting lists — and two lawsuits filed last week seek to hold him to it — he offered few reliable or desirable alternatives. As it continues the fight to open flood-ravaged campuses and hire teachers from an increasingly shallow pool, the system could be forced to use donated space or try to persuade other public schools in the city to take in more students — a plea that to date has largely fallen on deaf ears. The least desirable option, officials say, is to sacrifice educational quality by increasing class sizes. [emphasis added]
For Students on Waiting Lists Life is Put On Hold—Darran Simon and Steve Ritea, 2/4/07, Times-Picayune
The recovery district’s chief academic officer Michael Haggen, was among those who met with Cosby and other officials Tuesday. [emphasis added]
Cosby says state should step up help for New Orleans schools—1/30/07, Dallasnews.com
Haggen was also Chief Administrative Office/Local Vice President of Mosaica Education Inc. from August 2005 to October 2006. Mosaica ran Lafayette Academy until the board fired it.
- The Ones That Left—News21: The Charter Explosion
Lafayette Academy of New Orleans, New Orleans
The Lafayette Academy school board said Mosaica mishandled their school from the onset of the academic year. According to an article in The New York Times on Oct. 17, 2007, the building was dirty, there were not enough school buses, and textbooks were never delivered. By the end of the year, more than half of the teachers had quit and only 36 of 98 fourth-graders passed the Louisiana state tests. After breaking a five-year contract with Mosaica after one year, the school is now closed. Connelly says these claims were false, and the lack of resources was due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [link added]
- Our History with Mosacia [sic] Education at the Choice Foundation, Lafayette’s chartering organization
an email birdie writes:
Hm. His certificate is in social studies and math….Birdie?
4 CF High School Directors: Vincent Nzinga (Douglass), Vanessa Eugene (Carver), Michael Haggen (Excel Academy) and Alnita Porea (Charter Science & Math): consult on and approve CF curricula, recruit Club Mentor-Sponsors.
The same Excel Academy which is at 2239 Poydras, the same 2239 Poydras as the Office of School Management?
And what does this have to do with money in that school’s activities account that the principal could not utilize?
And then there are the blog comments here, especially:
I can’t find a resume for Ashford. Birdies?
“Frat brother” is of interest. My interns really fell down on the job this time.
The lack of credentials in some of the top staff at RSD is a common refrain-complaint-motif.
I don’t know about the family, couldn’t find, not sure how to find. The Who’s Who Among is more vanity press than prestige or accomplishment. The rest? I’d really like to know more, birdies.
And then there’s the inactive Louisiana Small Schools Alliance:
So who IS Michael Haggan?
UPDATE/ADDENDA: Lee C. Reid + Paul Pastorek