This Is Bad! DOE Picks Public Consulting Group To Handle Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities!!!

The Delaware Department of Education has contracted with Public Consulting Group to be the vendor for Governor Markell’s “suggested” Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities.  Who is Public Consulting Group?  I was all over them last summer when I saw over $400,000 pouring out of the DOE to this company.  They handle the Medicaid Reimbursement for service providers that help out students with disabilities in schools.  People like occupational therapists, psychologists, etc.  If a disabled student is on the state Medicaid plan, Medicaid actually reimburses school districts and charters for those providers.  On paper, it looks great!  The state gets back a lot of money from this.  But the data that goes out to PCG and the DOE during this process is truly frightening!

This company caught my eye a year ago when I was just doing a random search at the money pouring out of the DOE on Delaware Online Checkbook.  I noticed a hell of a lot of cash going to this one company.  As a result, I wrote three articles on PCG that truly became scarier with each one.  PCG has been busy in Delaware lately.  They also bid for the Delaware Report Card Survey, but that contract was awarded to Tembo Inc., out of Philadelphia (they did the very controversial Teach For America report the legislators wanted last year.  Tembo also won the bid for the Report Card Portal contract).  While their financial award for doing this work on the SREO initiative is ONLY $70,000.00 for the next year, I don’t buy DOE’s claim that they are contracting this out so they don’t look biased.  This company already has their hands on a lot of data with Delaware students…

If you read the below RFP for this, the truly horrifying part comes in this one sentence: Data will be available from the state’s longitudinal data system.  So we are going to let a company that already has their hands on actual notes from psychologists into the whole DOE data system?  Are they out of their minds?

This is a company that did the same Medicaid program for New Jersey and if you read the third article on PCG I wrote last year, it shows how New Jersey had some FERPA issues with PCG.  As well, PCG developed the entire data longitudinal system for New Jersey, so they have access to that whole system as well.  And they even set up a system to profile students with their “early warning system”.  What every student needs, the ability to be tracked on a data system to see how you turn out!  Big brother isn’t just watching you, he’s controlling your future now!

It is insane that our DOE and Governor Markell allow so much of children’s data into the hands of outside companies.  As well, if you go to PCG’s website, you can see they are dipping into personalized learning and other online initiatives.  So not only does this company have the keys to get into data systems but they are also developing data systems.  Should one company have this much power?  Probably not, but I’m sure the knuckleheads at the DOE don’t even think of this kind of stuff…

8 thoughts on “This Is Bad! DOE Picks Public Consulting Group To Handle Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities!!!

  1. And where is the PCG located? Isn’t there legislation, either just passed or pending, that ensures the data collected on DE’s children will remain in the state? What will they do with the data they collect? How many other state departments of education are they involved with? Will this company be a supplier to the feds, who want data on our children from pre-school on up?
    We have to get a governor elected in 2016 who fully comprehends what our educational system has become and opposes that.

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    • The last I checked it was Boston, but the address on the contract states Washington D.C. They are a huge company though and I’m sure they have satellite offices. The whole data collection with them is a bit of a mystery…

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  2. It’s time for Governor Markell to stop the indecencies being perpetrated and foisted on our public school system, educators, children and legislators and publicly put the entire Delaware public education system out for bids. Unseal the winning envelope and allow all of us to turn our attention and consciences away from the needs of the neediest and those burdensome issues of responsibility we might be urged to satisfy. Maybe the General Assembly can apply for outside “consultant” status and then we would be allowed to get engaged by actually reviewing and opining on any of these DOE and State Board regulations that have become carte-blanche permission slips to abuse. How about “Rodels House of Representatives” Although RHOR isn’t as smooth off the tongue as IHOP. Senate by PCG has a convenient enough ring to it. This would then allow for a total denial of any FOIA requests or open-government requisites since DOE and the administration could be identified as private businesses not subject to such inane and bothersome demands such as FOIA or law.
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • There is a link to all the awarded vendors, but no agency in Delaware is required to place the contracts on there, which is why Smarter Balanced, American Institutes for Research and Data Recognition Corp are subject to my FOIA fundraising drive!

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