American College of Education 'makes Nova look like Harvard'... CPS spending $10 million on 'Clout College'

On November 15, 2006, without discussion or debate, the Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously to spent more than $10 million over the next two years on ‘graduate’ programs at a school that barely exists, has its offices in a downtown office building, and which hasn’t graduated anyone yet.

The American College of Education is a project of prominent former members of the Bush administration and Texas capitalists hoping to cash in on the increasing privatization of public services. At the time CPS approved the windfall allocation for graduate programs sponsored by the “college”, it had virtually no record upon which to base the award any contract, let alone the largest in Chicago history.

The no-bid contract was approved without discussion or debate by the Board of Education. It was recommended by CEO Arne Duncan and his staff. CPS administrators are now participating in the program and will soon sport advanced degrees because of it.


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