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OPERATION SCHOOL POON - Stop The Infiltration

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    I'm not sure how relevant this is, but here it is:

    In Spending $180 Million on Tutoring Help, Much Misuse | The Texas Tribune


    By Morgan Smith, October 5, 2013

    A federal program that set aside millions of dollars to provide remedial help for struggling students from low-income families quietly came to an end in Texas last month.

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    As early as 2009, school administrators began reporting claims of falsified invoices, overly aggressive student recruitment and questionable instructional methods. They doubted the academic benefit of such programs — something internal agency evaluations had already suggested and soon confirmed. They detailed the use of iPads, phones and laptops as incentives for students to enroll in the services. They described instances of company representatives paying students and teachers to recruit for their programs and showing up on school property without permission or criminal-history background checks. One East Texas principal expressed alarm that the owner of a tutoring company working on campus was also listed on an adult entertainment Web site.

    But companies vigorously defended their practices, sometimes even filing complaints with the agency themselves. They said their gifts to students were “learning tools” permitted under the law and blamed school districts’ lack of communication if they failed to comply with state procedure. On several occasions, they said complaints reflected the actions of individual employees, not company-wide issues.

    Four years and more than 75 formal complaints later, the Texas Education Agency finally moved to bar some of the most egregious offenders — including two companies operating with fake tax identification numbers and one that did not certify that its employees had passed criminal background checks — from the list of approved providers, which until 2012 included a company using Scientology-based instruction.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/e...tutoring-help-much-misuse.html?pagewanted=all
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