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Submitted to Ft. Worth Weekly but not published
01/25/2006

To the editor


I imagine by now you have heard howls of outrage from the Voyager Expanded Learning people. They do not take kindly to kind of scrutiny given by Betty Brink in her article of January 18. When the Title I Monitor mentioned Voyager in connection with potential conflicts of interest in the federal Reading First program, Voyager came down hard on the publisher.



In "The Fifteenth Bracey Report on the Condition of Public Education (Phi Delta Kappan, October 2005), I mentioned that Voyager founder, Randy Best had been a Bush "Pioneer" (promising to raise at least $100,000) for Bush's first presidential candidacy. I noted that they had also given $56,750 to the gubernatorial campaign of Linda Schrenko, who as state superintendent of Georgia had given them a $1.1 million contract apparently without telling the Georgia State Board of Education. I also mentioned contracts with Voyager in Richardson and the curious flow of people between being school officials in Richardson and Voyager vice presidents. Voyager president, Ron Klausner complained, but ended up only with a wimply and error filled letter to the editor.



So I have no doubt Klausner and Company will have expressed their displeasure to Fort Worth Weekly over its coverage.



Gerald W. Bracey


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