When your name appears in a Sunday New York Times story that includes words and phrases like “influence-buying”, “junkets”, “$340 hotel rooms”, and “violation of the federal tax code”, YOU ARE IN DEEP DOO-DOO.
Unsolicited advice for Terry Holliday: GET A LAWYER, PRONTO!
Just click on the screenshot below to read the whole story about The Pearson Foundation, a non-profit organization *wink*wink* that has funded tons of fun trips to Brazil, China, Singapore and Finland for a bunch of public education officials. Coincidentally, The Pearson Foundation has also been awarded zillions in education contracts to the very states whose representatives attended said fun trips to Brazil, China, Singapore and Finland. WOW! Imagine that!
So, The Pearson Foundation was recently awarded a $58 million contract to run Kentucky’s testing program. They were $2 million over the lowest bidder. Apparently their $58 million bid provides some extra value that the lowest bidder couldn’t provide. Like international vacations and plenty of yummy nom noms. If golf and hookers were involved, I’m sure the Crapola-Journal will be on the story as soon as they can pry their education reporter, Toni Baloney, away from her monosyllabic, non-investigative sports reporting.
The Pearson Foundation also paid for Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday’s trip/junket/boondoggle to China. You can read a little bit about that trip/junket/boondoggle in his blog – note the date that the entry was updated. The New York Times story appeared on October 9th.
Gee, I wonder if the words “Pearson Foundation” were scrubbed out of that blog entry?
Holliday speaks warmly of Communist China, a place where corruption and bribery are a way of life. Not that there’s any corruption or bribery happening here – oh, no! – that’s not at all what I’m implying!
One of these days, The New York Times will have a story about education in Kentucky that doesn’t make us look like a bunch of dummies. Maybe it will happen when pigs fly.
UPDATE: The Herald-Leader reports that The Pearson Foundation also paid for Holliday’s trip to Brazil in September: