The public education system these days is rife with ways that private enterprises can make money.
Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, student testing has increased, creating opportunities for test-making companies. New technology has opened the door to online educational services, causing an explosion of virtual classrooms.
And federally mandated tutoring services for under-performing students has proven to be a cash cow for tutoring companies — so much so that with news that tutoring services would be limited to only the poorest students in New York City earlier this year, companies rushed to defend themselves in what appeared to be an organized response to a SchoolBook query (see query below, and add your views).
On Tuesday the United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan announced the indictment of one of the largest and most well known private tutoring companies, Princeton Review, for falsifying records and accepting millions of dollars in reimbursements for testing services it never provided to New York City schoolchildren, The New York Times reports.