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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 […]

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 […]

May 29, 2018

Russian-Produced School Shooter Video Game Removed from Online Store

There’s so much in the title of this post that is shocking. Russian-based company, Revived Games, developed a school-shooter video game called “Active Shooter,” which, according to, “lets players take on the role of a school shooter.” The online seller of “Active Shooter,” a developer called Valve, which operates the online platform, Steam, has […]

January 23, 2018

Former SUPES Employee, Dallas Dance, Indicted

First there was former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) superintendent, Barbara Byrd Bennett: Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a single count of wire fraud. She admitted in a plea agreement with prosecutors to steering more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to SUPES. And now, down goes former Baltmore County Public Schools (BCPS) superintendent, […]

December 30, 2017

Bill Gates Wants PARCC to Succeed.

The big idea behind creation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (released in June 2010) was to standardize public education across most of the 50 United States– complete with common assessments so that states could be compared one to another. Billionaire Bill Gates is arguably the principal funder of CCSS (see here, as well). […]