Mercedes Schneider: NGA and Its Corporate Fellows

Tons of Markell connections too.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The National Governors Association has a corporate fellows program.

Mercedes Schneider takes a close look at which corporations are supporting NGA and where their money so spent.

Some of their leading corporate sponsors are deeply involved in education:

“Here is NGA’s complete corporate listing. However, allow me to list a sampling of corporate names that hold particular meaning in the current corporate-friendly, education reform atmosphere:

“ACT, Amplify, Apple, College Board, Educational Testing Service, ExxonMobil, General Electric, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Pearson, Scholastic, and Walmart.

“If these corporate names sound familiar, here’s why:

“ACT and College Board were on the CCSS insider work group. Also a CCSS insider, David Coleman is now president of College Board.

“Amplify is run by former NYC Chancellor, Joel Klein, and is connected to the CCSS assessment consortium, Smarter Balanced.

“Apple is involved in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) iPad fiasco. LAUSD Superintendent John…

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