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Dr. Jaime R. Aquino

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Executive Vice President for Stra...

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Local Address: New York, New York, United States
New Teacher Center
725 Front Street, Suite 400
Santa Cruz , California 95060
United States

Company Description: The New Teacher Center provides consulting services to teachers, administrators, policy makers, and faculty in school districts, universities, and other educational...   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , psychology
    Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo
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Jaime Aquino said ..., 30 Aug 2014 [cached]
Jaime Aquino said his involvement in the project was "by the book" and with the approval of the district's legal counsel.
"I have practically nothing to hide," Aquino mentioned in emails to The Instances.
Aquino, 49, has come below criticism for correspondence with education giant Pearson, which in the end was selected to offer the curriculum for the district's iPad plan. Aquino had worked for a Pearson subsidiary just before joining the district.
In a single e-mail, Aquino appeared to be strategizing with Pearson representatives when he wrote: "I believe we would have to make positive that your bid is the lowest 1."
Aquino said Thursday he was not trying to subvert the open bidding method — that he meant only to emphasize to Pearson the district's intention to choose the lowest bidder.
In the full e-mail, sent in Might 2012, Aquino expresses concerns about the expense of instruction 2,000 teachers who would then function with their colleagues to study the Pearson software. He goes on to voice worries about no matter if the district's bandwidth can deal with every student working with a computer system for the 2013 school year.
He also weighs whether or not the district really should have an open bidding process, then tends to make the comment about Pearson coming in with the "lowest 1."
"I was basically explaining that they have to be the low bidder," he told The Occasions. "That's not proprietary details. That's merely explaining how it works. I would say the same issue to any bidder. I had equivalent conversations with other vendors."
Aquino on Thursday also addressed whether or not he broke ethics rules by discussing contracts with Pearson at all. L.A Unified policy prohibits personnel from such dealings with former employers for 12 months. Aquino joined L.A. Unified in July 2011 from America's Decision, a Pearson affiliate. Less than a year later, records show, he was exchanging the emails with Pearson.
But he stated there was an explanation for that.
Aquino left the district at the end of last year and now is an executive with New Teacher Center, which provides assistance and education for incoming instructors.
Till the iPad controversy thrust him into the spotlight, Aquino was comparatively unknown beyond education circles.
A native of the Dominican Republic, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. When there he also "volunteered to teach literacy to underprivileged children and adults, to work with handicapped kids and to function with people today with leprosy," according to his biography.
Aquino moved to the United States in the late 1980s, and in 1990 was named New York State Bilingual Teacher of the Year. He later held different posts in the New York system and was a deputy superintendent for Hartford Public Schools.
In 2005 he moved west to turn out to be chief academic officer for Denver Public Schools.
The existing superintendent, Tom Boasberg, worked alongside Aquino as a major deputy and called him a "straight shooter."
The complex rating method for bidders was overseen by Aquino, as part of a compact executive committee.
In June 2013, district employees told the Board of Education that the Apple/Pearson group provided not only the most effective product but also the finest cost.
Board member Steve Zimmer recalled asking Aquino if the bidding method had been beyond reproach.
School Leaders | New Teacher Center, 16 April 2014 [cached]
Jaime Aquino joins New Teacher Center as organization embarks on ambitious growth plan Posted: 25 Mar 2014
New Teacher Center is pleased to announce Jaime Aquino has joined the organization as executive vice president of strategy and innovation.
Rocky Mountain News: Education, 14 June 2006 [cached]
Jaime Aquino, chief academic officer for DPS, said he paid a surprise visit to Alston's classroom in May.He said he saw students reading, using grown-up vocabulary, and respectfully listening and responding to one another.
"She is an inspiration," Aquino said.
Aquino calls it quits UTLA ..., 12 Nov 2013 [cached]
Aquino calls it quits UTLA issued the following statement in reaction to the resignation of LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Jaime Aquino. UTLA sees this change in senior LAUSD management as an opportunity for all of us to revisit the instructional direction of the District. UTLA President Warren Fletcher said, "the 'new policy environment' cited by Superintendent Deasy as the reason for Dr. Aquino's departure, is, in fact, an acknowledgement by the School Board that, when parents and the community of LAUSD made their voices heard through the democratic process in the March and May elections, those parents and community clearly rejected the testing-centric, bureaucratic top-down model of education championed by Dr. Aquino."
"iPad rated the best in quality, ..., 20 June 2013 [cached]
"iPad rated the best in quality, was the least expensive option and received the highest scoring by the review panel that included students and teachers," said Jaime Aquino, LAUSD Deputy Superintendent of Instruction in the Apple press release.
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