Ignite! LearningI wrote about my neighbors, Ignite Learning, back in March of 2006. Well, they’re back in the news this week.

The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

John P. Higgins Jr., the inspector general, said he would review the matter after a group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, detailed at least $1 million in spending from the No Child Left Behind program by school districts in Texas, Florida and Nevada to buy products made by Mr. Bush’s company, Ignite Learning of Austin, Tex. Mr. Higgins stated his plans in a letter to the group sent last week.

Members of the group and other critics in Texas contend that school districts are buying Ignite’s signature product, the Curriculum on Wheels, because of political considerations. The product, they said, does not meet standards for financing under the No Child Left Behind Act, which allocates federal money to help students raise their achievement levels, particularly in elementary school reading.

The Bush administration doing something for political reasons or family considerations? Shocking.

h/t AmericaBlog

1 Comment so far

  1. Tim (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    Neil Bush has a company? We force sex offenders to register their living locations for the rest of their lives, but Neil Bush is let back into the business world? Screwed up world.

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