‘Advisor report card’ details findings reviewed by Parents Protecting Education (PDE)
First on Granthshala: an opponent-Critical Race Theory (CRT) The group is providing parents with tools to track equity advisors, warning that families face a formidable and well-funded rival in a “waking industrial complex.”
Launched this week, “Consultant Report Card” Details findings from thousands of pages of public records requests reviewed by Parent Rescue Education (PDE).
So far, PDEs have disclosed contracts worth $19,575,169.45 with 249 documented in 29 states and 95 districts. The “Report” card provides an early look at the connections and business interests behind one of the country’s hottest-button issues. The organization identified 122 consultants and contractors across the country. It notes that despite what appears to be a large number, their information box is only “a drop in the bucket”.
Parents and teachers have long complained of being blinded by top-down “equities” who use vague theory and outside mentors. NS “Consultant Report Card” Provides a searchable database with suggested keywords and case studies of alleged “wake up” effects.
“We have learned that parents and students face a well-oiled and well-financed juggernaut of what can be called a ‘wok-ed machine,’” reads a statement from PDE.
“This machine of stealth operation and without parental input is turning our schools into factories of ideological conformity, using race, gender and sexuality to divide, embarrass and confuse our children. Behind are powerful ideological forces—partisan nonprofits; school teachers, proactive teachers, superintendents, and school boards; ‘progressive’ politicians and regulators at the state and federal levels—whose goals are not only in school curricula but also in local, state, and federal rules and policies. is to establish one’s principle by incorporating the principle.”
The issue made national headlines for months as school board meetings met with parents’ frustration. This became even more prominent when PDE reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s son-in-law co-founded one of the top education consultants, Panorama Education. Many noted a potential conflict of interest with Garland, whose department is investigating Panorama’s efforts to challenge left-wing views promoted.
Company owned by Garland’s son-in-law received at least $27 million from school system: report
Garland has said he is not interested in a violation of First Amendment rights, but has raised concerns by using vague language such as “threat” to describe the target of the investigation. The nationwide investigation will likely affect school districts that own or have worked with Panorama.
The company boasts of its large footprint, stating that it has provided services to 1,500 school systems. Panorama receives the most money ($5,200,684.50) on PDE’s list of top 10 contractors, followed by National Equity Project ($2,879,655) and Pacific Educational Group ($1,971,673.45). A similar previous report had revealed that Panorama garnered $27 million in contracts between 2017 and 2020.
The new database comes as Garland appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, where he rejected To answer questions about apparent conflicts of interest. Garland was asked if she was aware of federal regulations related to maintaining the fairness of executive branch employees.
“I’m very familiar with that,” replied Garland. “And I want to clarify once again that there is nothing in this memorandum that would have any bearing on the type of curriculum taught or the ability of parents to complain.”
‘Whatever you call it, that’s big money.’
PDE, partly led by former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani, has been at the forefront of digging for information about the so-called “awakening” effects in school curriculum and teacher training across America.
These included things like education on systemic racism, warnings about micro-aggressions, and finding privilege or oppression within one’s identity. Perhaps the most cited example is a math teaching guide, which suggested white supremacy. Cited in both Oregon and California, the program was supported by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also donated millions For controversial author Ibram Kendy, whose books are often found in so-called “equity” programs.
The PDE’s statement said that “[s]Some people call the network what we have documented the ‘Wok-Industrial Complex’. Others call it the ‘Diversity Industrial Complex’. Whatever you call it, that’s huge money.”
Nomani has raised concerns about another tech giant, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Contribution $16 million investment for Panorama’s efforts to expand socio-emotional learning. Several equity and capital firms have strengthened Panorama’s bank account with the help of CZI. In September, the company announced a $60 million investment from General Atlantic, Owl Ventures, Tao Capital Partners, Uncork Capital and Emerson Collective.
Another concern about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg raised by Nomani is that the company recently conducted an investigation into the alleged know-how but did not act to prevent the adverse effects of its algorithms. Facebook faced similar criticism in 2012, when it surfaced that it manipulated the News Feed to see “if people exposed to emotions change their own posting behavior”. . BBC.
It’s worth noting that CZI and Facebook are separate entities. Facebook previously referred Granthshala News to CZI, which did not respond to a request for comment earlier this month.
Ideas like CRT have also found support from school administrators, teachers, academics and pundits. Proponents generally argue that CRT and related ideas help expose systemic biases that hurt minorities.
Angela Onwachi-Willig, CRT specialist at Boston University School of Law, tells Boston Globe That important race theory helped people understand the complexity of race – beyond the “simple” narratives they could be taught.
“Racism is not exceptional,” she continued. “Caste and racism are basically baked into everything we do in our society. It’s embedded in our institutions. It’s embedded in our minds and hearts.”
While some parents have publicly voiced support for equity content, many are concerned about the impact it can have on still-developing minds at the elementary and middle school levels. More specifically, “social and emotional learning” (SEL) and “culturally responsive” training have become innately innocuous terms in education, but Critics worry That they serve as carriers of leftist ideas about race and identity.
PDE has sounded the alarm about SEL surveillance of Panorama in his home county. As Granthshala News previously noted, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) contracted with Panorama to organize SEL screeners for children in the district.
It is unclear how the data will be used, but various statements from the school district indicate it may raise privacy concerns.
For example, part of the FCPS’ Request for Proposal (RFP) claimed that “schools serve as de facto mental health providers in communities across the US. For students’ ability to access academic curricula.” fcps. According to, the data is primarily “intended for”[s]School administrators, school psychologists, school social workers and school counselors.”
Additional Language in the Request for Proposal recognizes Potential contractor as “School Officer of the School Board” for the purposes of “gaining access to FCPS confidential student records”.
Granthshala Business’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.