Down The Rabbit Hole With Lamar Alexander

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Down The Rabbit Hole With Lamar Alexander

By A.P. Dil­lon

With the ESEA Reau­tho­riza­tion loom­ing, Sen. Lamar Alexan­der has been a cen­tral fig­ure. A col­league of mine recently sent me this video of Alexan­der from 1989. Watch the video, it’s only about 3 min­utes long and is an eye-​opener.

The video’s descrip­tion reads:

Lamar Alexan­der lays out the plan to restruc­ture edu­ca­tion at the 11-​2-​1989 Gov­er­nors Con­fer­ence on Edu­ca­tion in Wichita, Kansas. The Con­fer­ence title was “Schools, Goals and the 1990s”. As George Bush, Sr’s Sec­re­tary of Edu­ca­tion, he imple­mented edu­ca­tion restruc­tur­ing as Amer­ica 2000 that spec­i­fied cre­ation of the New Amer­i­can Schools Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. He is cur­rently senior Sen­a­tor from Ten­nessee and Con­fer­ence Chair of the Repub­li­can Party.

What caught my eye was “New Amer­i­can Schools Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion” and it sent me down a rab­bit hole. We’ll use NASDC to iden­tify New Amer­i­can Schools Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion going for­ward for the sake of brevity.

NASDC is defunct. Well, sort of. I’ll explain.

I did some Googling and came up with a 1991 C-​SPAN video. In the video, it describes NASDC as what now is com­monly referred to as a public-​private partnership:

“The New Amer­i­can Schools Cor­po­ra­tion was cre­ated as a pri­vate, non-​profit cor­po­ra­tion ded­i­cated to solicit dona­tions from Amer­i­can busi­nesses for the cre­ation of 535 new exper­i­men­tal schools.”

What hap­pened to those schools, one has to wonder?

I hit the Way­back Machine after com­ing up empty on find­ing a web­site for NASDC. At the Way­back Machine, I located the orig­i­nal site which was started in 1997. The work­ing title for the group was “The New Amer­i­can Schools Network”.

The Way­Back Machine’s archive of NASDC included a link to a part­ner busi­ness who did mul­ti­ple research pieces for NASDC called Rand Cor­po­ra­tion. On one lengthy research piece, it should be noted one of the fun­ders was the Ford Corporation.

Of inter­est are the long list of busi­ness ‘con­trib­u­tors’ for NASDC; many are the same as the ones pro­mot­ing Com­mon Core.

The list includes IBM’s Lou Ger­st­ner. Ger­st­ner is now Chair­man Emer­i­tus of Achieve, Inc. — the out­fit who helped write the Com­mon Core. There is a whole other rab­bit hole to go down with Ger­st­ner for those who are interested.

I dug a bit fur­ther and found that in May of 2004, NASDC merged with another com­pany. That com­pany should be famil­iar to those fight­ing Com­mon Core. The com­pany NASDC merged with was The Amer­i­can Insti­tutes for Research or AIR for short.

AIR is now in the high stakes test­ing world, com­pet­ing against Pear­son in mul­ti­ple states, includ­ing Jeb Bush’s Florida. In New Mex­ico, AIR accused offi­cials in the state of bid rigging.

Now, com­ing full cir­cle, Lamar Alexander’s NASDC merg­ing with AIR is impor­tant for another rea­son. Remem­ber? The Vice Pres­i­dent of AIR was selected to over­see the appli­ca­tion of ESEA waivers.

AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder ofLadyLib​er​ty1885​.com. Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

By A.P. Dillon

With the ESEA Reauthorization looming, Sen. Lamar Alexander has been a central figure. A colleague of mine recently sent me this video of Alexander from 1989. Watch the video, it’s only about 3 minutes long and is an eye-opener.

The video’s description reads:

Lamar Alexander lays out the plan to restructure education at the 11-2-1989 Governors Conference on Education in Wichita, Kansas. The Conference title was “Schools, Goals and the 1990s”. As George Bush, Sr’s Secretary of Education, he implemented education restructuring as America 2000 that specified creation of the New American Schools Development Corporation. He is currently senior Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party.

What caught my eye was “New American Schools Development Corporation” and it sent me down a rabbit hole. We’ll use NASDC  to identify New American Schools Development Corporation going forward for the sake of brevity.

NASDC is defunct. Well, sort of. I’ll explain.

I did some Googling and came up with a 1991 C-SPAN video. In the video, it describes NASDC as what now is commonly referred to as a public-private partnership:

“The New American Schools Corporation was created as a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to solicit donations from American businesses for the creation of 535 new experimental schools.”

What happened to those schools, one has to wonder?

I hit the Wayback Machine after coming up empty on finding a website for NASDC. At the Wayback Machine, I located the original site which was started in 1997. The working title for the group was “The New American Schools Network”.

The WayBack Machine’s archive of NASDC included a link to a partner business who did multiple research pieces for NASDC called Rand Corporation. On one lengthy research piece, it should be noted one of the funders was the Ford Corporation.

Of interest are the long list of business ‘contributors‘ for NASDC; many are the same as the ones promoting Common Core.

The list includes IBM’s Lou Gerstner. Gerstner is now Chairman Emeritus of Achieve, Inc. — the outfit who helped write the Common Core. There is a whole other rabbit hole to go down with Gerstner for those who are interested.

I dug a bit further and found that in May of 2004, NASDC merged with another company. That company should be familiar to those fighting Common Core. The company NASDC merged with was The American Institutes for Research or AIR for short.

AIR is now in the high stakes testing world, competing against Pearson in multiple states, including Jeb Bush’s Florida.  In New Mexico, AIR accused officials in the state of bid rigging.

Now, coming full circle, Lamar Alexander’s NASDC merging with AIR is important for another reason. Remember? The Vice President of AIR was selected to oversee the application of ESEA waivers.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com. Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.