The op-ed pages of the Washington Post this morning features a column passionately supporting after school tutoring programs mandated under No Child Left Behind.
In it, the writer strongly advocates for loosening the rules governing the companies who provide these services and for the Education Department doing more to inform parents about them.
If you read the disclosure at the end of the column, the Post tells us that the writer is a “senior policy director” at a lobbying firm whose clients include “a coalition of supplemental educational service [tutoring services] providers created by the Education Industry Association”.
Fair enough. While the paper is giving valuable space to a lobbyist for the “education industry” at least they tell us about his connections.
What the Post doesn’t bother to mention, however, is that the coalition the writer represents includes Kaplan, Inc, one of the largest providers of tutoring services paid for by school systems under NCLB.
Kaplan, Inc. is a unit of the Washington Post Company and is one of their most profitable businesses.
I guess that little part slipped through the editors’ fact checking process.