Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Allegations of wrongdoing plague Bush reading program

When the Kansas City public schools lost federal money for their new reading program, Robert Slavin was plenty distressed.

Slavin, who'd designed the program used in Kansas City, had seen the pattern all too often: Local officials try to get government grants to help pay for his scripted Success for All reading program, only to realize that it's fallen out of bureaucratic favor in Washington.

"There have been many of these decisions - this is only the latest," said Slavin, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Fueled by a growing list of such complaints, the House Education and Labor Committee is looking into whether the Bush administration steered contracts to its favorite vendors, shutting out Slavin and other competitors.

This from the McClatchy Newspapers.

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