Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Forging Unprecedented Public-Private Partnerships

Licensing curricula to Pearson might work out fine for Montgomery County, although the fact this was a no-bid contract raises suspicion, but this should be verboten:

The school system... has applied for a federal grant to obtain public money for this enterprise...

The federal government should not pay school districts to create content for vendors to sell to other school districts. If anything, we should be trying to get to the point where the feds should be bidding against Pearson on this. Just pay Montgomery County $10 million to write the curriculum and give it away under a permissive open content license.

Pay for it once!

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