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    Common-Core Deal in Florida Sparks Legal Feud

    Ohanian Note: Education Week doesn't like me to repost items. I post just the beginning--to give you an idea of the tremendous money involved. Florida signed a $20 million contract with "a consulting and software development services company" to build a website planned to prepare teachers and students for the Common Core.

    The company had previously supplied FCAT support. When you look at all the responsibilities the Florida education department gave them, you really have to wonder who's running the show here.

    Infinity, the software company, and the Florida state department of education, are each claiming the other was slow and sloppy.

    I'm not particularly interested in the falling out among thieves. What's interesting is that state department of education aren't capable of the overweening control they want to exert over local districts. I wonder how much other states are spending for this sort of thing. The article mentions a similar project being undertaken by Ohio and Massachusetts.

    How much is your state spending? Remember, these are your tax dollars, your teacher professionalism, your children's lives.

    And remember: Appalling as this money drain is, the real point here isn't the money; the real point is how further and further decisions about what to teach are removed from the children being taught.

    By Jason Tomassini and Nikhita Venugopal

    If the implementation of the Common Core State Standards is an opportunity for government and the private sector to work together toward a mutual goal, a bitter dispute in Florida over a website planned to prepare teachers and students for the standards is proving the messy realities of what can happen when government agencies and private companies can't get along.

    The Florida Department of Education terminated a $20 million contract with Infinity Software Development on Oct. 30, about a week after the company filed a lawsuit against interim Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. The dueling public disclosures outlined a bitter dispute in which both sides claim the other acted too slowly and too sloppily on the project.

    While the project is in litigation, Florida educators are left without a preparation resource officials expected would be in use by now, in advance of the curriculum being in place by 2014.. . . For the rest of the story, go to the hot link below.

    At the end of the story, we are reminded: Coverage of the education industry and K-12 innovation is supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    — Jason Tomassini and Nikhita Venugopal
    Education Week
    November 14, 2012

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