Caitlin McCarthy’s Experience Challenges Mitchell Chester’s PARCC Advocacy

Apr 30, 2015 by

In an short intervention to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ms. McCarthy’s experience with ELA at Worcester Technical HS sharply contrasts with Mitchell Chester’s advocacy for PARCC and Common Core. A defining moment at the April 28th hearing at Fitchburg State University.

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    David McGeney

    Mitchell Chester stated that he was not on the Board of PARCC, Inc. yet in his own Financial Disclosure to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission he declares that he is the “Director and President” of PARCC, Inc.. Was he lying then or is he lying now?

    Also the New York Times reported in 2011 that Pearson, the London based company making millions from their development and implementation of the PARCC test, underwrote travel to international conferences for states’ education commissioners, the people responsible for deciding which publishing company would get contracts for designing the new tests.

    Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester was one of six who took a Pearson-sponsored trip to London. When the New York Attorney General’s office found the foundation in violation of laws against the use of charitable funds to promote for-profit activities, Pearson paid $7.7 million to settle the case.

    Technically, Chester was right when he said PARCC did not pay for trips outside the country, but he was hardly forthcoming.

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