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Education department inks $6 million contract

Ohanian Comment: Here's another note on who gets rich from NCLB. America's Choiceฎ School Design describes the NCLB connection:

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is placing extraordinary new requirements on educators. The America's Choiceฎ School Design can help states, districts and schools meet these requirements. It is built on the premise that teaching to explicit standards is the best strategy for helping disadvantaged and low-performing students -- the same strategy adopted by the authors of NCLB.

The America's Choiceฎ School Design is part of Marc Tucker's outfit, National Center on Education and the Economy. NCEE describes the creation of America's Choiceฎ: "NCEE's founders created this not-for-profit organization in the conviction that virtually all young people in the United States can and must achieve at the same high standards reached by their counterparts in other nations."

Some people regard NCEE as saviors, others as satan incarnate. The NCEE overarching goal--and the proposed means to achieve it--are embedded in the infamous and engrossing "Dear Hillary" letter. The introduction to this letter on the Eagle Forum makes for interesting reading in face of No Child Left Behind. Conservatives deserve credit for recognizing a mangy cur when it first shows up. Certainly they were sending out warning sirens long before so-called progressives had a clue. In any case, it is informative to read Tucker in his own words to Hillary.

The Tucker empire has the following funders:

• Alan L. Wurtzel
• Anonymous
• Apple Computer, Inc.
• Carnegie Corporation of New York
• Circuit City Foundation
• David Rockefeller/David Rockefeller, Jr. Trust
• DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
• Eastman Kodak Company
• Ford Motor Company Fund
• Fort Worth, Texas Independent School District
• Gannett Foundation
• GTE Foundation
• Holland Associates
• Jewel-Osco
• John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation
• Lilly Endowment, Inc.
• Melville Corporation
• New American Schools (Development Corporation)
• New Schools Venture Fund
• New York City Board of Education
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Public School District
• Rochester, New York City School District
• Rockefeller Brothers Fund
• Sam M. and Helen R. Walton Foundation
• San Diego, California, Public Schools
• SJS, Inc.
• State of Arkansas
• State of California
• State of Colorado
• State of Connecticut
• State of Delaware
• State of Florida
• State of Iowa
• State of Kentucky
• State of Maine
• State of Massachusetts
• State of Missouri
• State of New York
• State of Oregon
• State of Pennsylvania
• State of South Carolina
• State of Texas
• State of Vermont
• State of Virginia
• State of Washington
• Target Stores
• The Abell Foundation
• The Boeing Company
• The Broad Foundation
• The Danforth Foundation
• The German Marshall Fund of the United States
• The Leon Foundation
• The Pew Charitable Trusts
• The Stupski Foundation
• Union Carbide Corporation
• The Union Carbide Foundation, Inc.
• United States Chamber of Commerce
• United States Department of Education
• United States Department of Labor
• Verizon Foundation
• Walton Enterprises
• Xerox Corporation

by Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Department of Education announced Monday that it entered into a $6 million contract with a Washington-based education reform company to assist three dozen low-performing public schools.

The state will institute a school improvement model championed by America's Choice Inc., of Washington, at 36 schools hit hardest by provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. All of the schools are in their third or fourth years on the department's school improvement list.

The $6.095 million contract is funded by federal education aid and was approved last week by the Arkansas Legislative Council.

America's Choice is affiliated with the National Center for Education and the Economy.

"What America's Choice offers is a comprehensive strategy to enable schools to best reach and educate those students who are not achieving academically," said Ken James, state education commissioner.

The group's proposal was selected from among four companies vying for the contract. None of the companies were based in Arkansas, said Julie Thompson, education department spokeswoman.

Under the program, administrators and teachers will undergo professional development this summer in areas of instructional leadership, literacy instruction and math instruction.

America's Choice personnel will be employed in the state and will visit schools each week to measure and help implement strategies for improving math and reading scores.

Schools will be forced to eliminate programs that have been proven to have no effect on student achievement.

— staff
Arkansas News Bureau


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