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From: Jaq (12.236.179.41)
Subject:         Oversight Needed for Federal funds Funneled into Education....
Date: August 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm PST

Well, I'm not sure what we can do about this but maybe write our reps'.... if they're not in the Bahamas, golfing and goofin' off... corporate perks, you know.

Anyway, here's the rub.
Schools need overhaul (no surprise there)
Federal funds to fix the problems are being poured into grants.
Idiots getting ahold of the funds (what else is new there?)
Oversight is not in place. sigh.

Why does the government make the same mistakes over and over? "No Child Behind Left" wasn't much different. My goodness!


August 9, 2010
Inexperienced Companies Chase U.S. School Funds
By SAM DILLON

With the Obama administration pouring billions into its nationwide campaign to overhaul failing schools, dozens of companies with little or no experience are portraying themselves as school-turnaround experts as they compete for the money.

A husband-and-wife team that has specialized in teaching communication skills but never led a single school overhaul is seeking contracts in Ohio and Virginia. A corporation that has run into trouble with parents or the authorities in several states in its charter school management business has now opened a school-turnaround subsidiary. Other companies seeking federal money include offshoots of textbook conglomerates and classroom technology vendors.

Many of the new companies seem unprepared for the challenge of making over a public school, yet neither the federal government nor many state governments are organized to offer effective oversight, said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonprofit group in Washington.

“Many of these companies clearly just smell the money,” Mr. Jennings said.

(Hey Millie, does this load faster without the html?)


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