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Full Disclosure Lacking

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.

nclb, tutoring services, full disclosure


  1. Lisa

    Ugh! Proving once more that those currently holding the power to really do something about this broken system are really only using that power to increase it for themselves. Good thing there is another power — people power. Maybe we’ll all get mad enough to do something!

  2. John at AFT

    Disclosure of the Post’s ties to Kaplan probably would be wise. But I don’t believe for a minute that the editors are soliciting op-eds that will drive up their profit-sharing. I was more troubled by the hollowness of Hickok’s arguments.

    By the way, the New York Times owns part of the Boston Red Sox. Should the Times mention that every time it covers the Sox?

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