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Pearson Education Foundation forced to shut down

downloadThe Pearson Foundation paid a fine, in 2013, in the amount of $7.7 million due to their breaking state law to pay for travel expenses, of potential clients, to educational conferences.    The educational conferences were for Common Core related development.  Who are the potential clients?  Local school districts are.   As a direct result o their greed, and using foundation money improperly, the foundation is forced to close.

The nonprofit foundation developed the Common Core materials to win favor with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who were dead set on “reforming” education.  Pearson executives have been seen at fundraisers for many elected officials, emanating out of:  Compton and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.  Campaign contributions to elected officials ensure they vote favorably for staff recommendations of who to contract with.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was investigated for their awarding contracts to Pearson.  KPCC has exposed emails between LAUSD officials, who took many trips on Pearson’s dime, and explored the impropriety of the behind the scenes negotiations.

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Pearson was awarded an exclusive contract with LAUSD to outfit their failed iPad program with the Common Core software.  Former LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Deasy would eventually resign due to his mishandling of taxpayers bond money.  Now the education titans foundation is folding over their greed.

Back in 2013 a nonprofit organization revealed a foundation, begun by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and national education reform leader, is working with public officials in states to write education laws that could benefit some of its corporate funders.  Apparently there is big money to be made when the word “reform” is on the horizon.

This author speculates as to whether Common Core is a legitimate education model or one that was developed just for some folks to profit off our bond money?  The education system has been turned upside down, kids self-esteem are suffering and teachers are confused, over implementation of a program that only served the purpose of making people rich and helping others stay in political office?  Damn.

Read the full Washington Post article by clicking here.


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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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