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April 16, 2013
D.C. Public Schools Paid $218,000 for Consultant's 'Memo'?
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, has asked for a special hearing at the D.C. City Council on Thursday regarding allegations of a cheating scandal in the D.C. Public Schools. The claims of impropriety would have taken place under then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee during her tenure from 2007 to 2010. We've written on this subject extensively over the past two years (see AT articles here, here here, and here), but a new piece of information, a provocative memo from a data analysis consultant hired by Rhee, has been released -- three years after the fact. The New York Times broke the story just days ago. Why did PBS's John Merrow, who knew a year ago that a mysterious memo existed, not expose this in his Frontline special on Michelle Rhee this past January? Why did it take Merrow several months' worth of FOIA requests to obtain a copy from DCPS? Rhee's "trusted advisor" in 2009, Fay G. Sanford of UL EduNeering (acquired by the...(Read Full Post)