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Ohio Schools Chief Stan Heffner NOT Part of Pearson-Funded Junkets

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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The non-profit arm of one of the largest textbook and standardized test companies in the world has sent state education commissioners on international trips to London, Helsinki, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro, the New York Times reports.

Some of those education commissioners are from states that do hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business with Pearson.

Two interesting facts:

  1. Ohio state education chief Stan Heffner was NOT part of the trips.
  2. Ohio does NOT have a contract with Pearson. After the jump, the word from the Ohio Department of Education press office:

Supt. Heffner has not gone on any trips sponsored by Pearson. And we know he has not taken any trips – personal or business – outside the country because he does not have a passport. Nor does Pearson have a contract to run the state testing system in Ohio as it does in some other states.

(American Institutes of Research has Ohio's standardized testing contract.)

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