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January 16, 2018

More on ERDI’s Paying School Admin to Connect with Ed Businesses: Dallas Dance of Baltimore

The so-called Educational Research and Development Institute (ERDI) is a business that does little more than connect ed businesses with school administrators who might promote (and purchase) their products. It’s a pay-to-play in which the ed businesses dish out thousands of dollars in order to pitch their products to school admin that the ed businesses […]

January 14, 2018

ERDI: Paying School Admin to Review Ed Products that Those Admin Could Then Purchase… (?)

Former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett is serving time in a West Virginia minimum security prison for sending CPS contracts to an ed consulting business where she once worked, SUPES Academy. In turn, Bennett received kickback money for supplying the contracts. (Read more about that here and here.) It turns out that […]

April 17, 2015

Former DC Whistleblower Principal Adell Cothorne on the Atlanta Verdict (Sentencing)

On April 3, 2015, I posted former DC principal Adell Cothorne’s reaction to the conviction of 11 educators in what has come to be commonly known as the Atlanta cheating scandal. Cothorne was the whistleblower principal employed under former DC chancellor Michelle Rhee. Cothorne walked in on teachers altering student test scores. In this post, Cothorne […]

April 3, 2015

Former DC Whistleblower Principal, Adell Cothorne, on the Atlanta Cheating Verdict

It may have happened in April Fools Day, but it was certainly no joke. On April 1, 2015, 11 Atlanta educators were convicted of racketeering related to their roles in what has come to be widely known as “the Atlanta cheating scandal.” I first read of the verdict in the New York Times: …A jury here […]

April 20, 2021

Thank you, Darnella Frazier.

After arriving home from school today, I turned on the television to learn that the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial had reached a verdict: Guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. I thought of Darnella Frazier, the then-17-year-old who filmed Floyd’s death at the hands of Chauvin. Darnella Frazier, a […]

January 31, 2021

Meet the New Republican Members of the House Ed and Labor Committee

The big news of late is that Q Anon-espousing, school-shooting-conspiracy-spewing, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been assigned to (of all things) the House Education and Labor Committee for the 117th Congress. I was curious about the other new members of Ed and Labor, so I thought I’d do some light investigating. Here are the 11 […]

December 6, 2020

Lily Eskelsen Garcia Pursues US Ed Sec Post

As the December 04, 2020, Politico reports, former National Education Association (NEA) president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, is seriously pursuing President-elect Biden’s nod for next US secretary of education. Eskelsen Garcia earned her BS in elementary education in 1980 and her MEd in instructional technology in 1985, both from the University of Utah. She taught at […]

January 14, 2019

Imbellus Assessments: Out of the Gate with $23M and McKinsey & Co. as Client

On January 11, 2019, Mark Bauerlein of the James B. Martin Center posted a piece entitled, “Be Wary of This Test,” about a testing startup, Imbellus, which has an impressive website deficient in any substance. Even so, Imbellus already has $23M in venture capital funding behind it. According to Bloomberg, Imbellus was incorporated in 2015. Imbellus […]

October 18, 2018

A 50-State-Plus-DC Exploration of Alice Walton’s Political Contributions

Several days ago, I began an exploration of the political contributions of billionaire Wal-Mart heir, Alice Walton. I was both curious about her political spending and desiring to offer readers quick links to the campaign finance web sites in all 50 states and DC. Below are my findings. I have bolded all entries indication Alice […]

June 22, 2018

Joint Statement from 8 Elite DC High Schools: “We’re Phasing Out AP Courses”

The College Board’s AP testing has become popular– and that’s a problem, according to eight elite, Washington, DC, high schools. Many colleges apparently no longer consider AP-course completion to be a mark of distinction, or– as the eight elite DC high schools note in their joint announcement– many colleges no longer consider AP course completion […]