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Resource ID: #22191
Subject: Education
Source: Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas)
Date: 2005-01-23



The Star-Telegram reveals how the Fort Worth school district spent $15 million for a largely untested computer math program that the superintendent proclaimed would eliminate the need for qualified math teachers. The program, doubted initially, ultimately fell short of promised achievements, yet superintendent Thomas Tocco charged ahead, blaming teachers, failing to inform the school board of problems, improperly diverting Title 1 money from the program and lobbying Congress to earmark money for the program maker, and persuading other school districts to buy the problematic program. Many educators endorsing the program had financial ties to the company.

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