Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The French call it la précarité

Not comforting to take a job with a non-profit and then to read the following article in Tuesday's Baltimore Sun:

Four years ago, a nonprofit education firm called Success for All occupied four floors in a Towson office building and employed 500 people. Hundreds of schools across the country were signing up to use its highly regarded reading curriculum, which stresses phonics.

Today, Success for All has laid off two-thirds of its employees and shrunk to two floors. A federal inspector general's report appears to explain why. It says the U.S. Department of Education steered federal grant money to certain reading programs and away from others.

The report, issued last week, accuses the department of favoritism, conflict of interest and mismanagement in the awarding of $4.8 billion in federal funds.

Robert Slavin, the Johns Hopkins University education professor who co-founded the Success for All Foundation and spent years researching effective reading programs, said he watched in disbelief as the nonprofit lost business because states chose to adopt other programs favored by U.S. officials.


Gulp!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's add that the adopted programs were all completely innapropriate and focussed on one facet of literacy (i.e.Phonics) unlike Success for All who embodied all language and not just phonics (they were doing it the right way).

Stupid govt asswipes have no more right to be involved in our schools and educational programs than they do bringing religion into Govt. Leave the education to the educators.

I wouldn't be concerned about your program. Given the fact that it appears to cater to low poverty and underpriveledged, it will fall in line with Bush's "No Child Left Behind" and surely continue to receive fat govt funds!

Lil Sis-

geoff said...

At least the guy channeling their money away to his own pet projects has been found out and canned.