When we last left this story, ConnectEDU, a company that had an interactive program to try to connect middle school students with info on college/career. From the story in the Wall Street Journal yesterday:
In July 2013, the well-known foundation
awarded a nearly $500,000 grant to ConnectEDU to develop an interactive
program to help students master literacy under the Common Core
standards that many states use to guide how public school students are
The money came with some conditions, including a promise to only use
the funds for the development of the new technology as well as a
timeline requiring benchmarks to be met along the way. The grant, paid
out in two installments, was set to expire this December.
I pause here to note that I didn't remember that the Gates grant to ConnectEDU was around Common Core.
ConnectEDU filed for Chapter 11 earlier this year. Apparently since then, ConnectEDU has not answered the Gates Foundation's questions about the grant money.
Well, guess who wants their money? The Gates Foundation.
They want the Court to put the money they gave Connect EDU (however much that is leftover at the point ConnectEDU went bankrupt) to be put in a separate account and given back to Gates. (They also want ConnectEDU to give them documents they asked for and has asked the Court to make them hand them over to the GF.)
It's as if the Gates Foundation thinks they are the most important company/group in the list of entities that want a share of any assets. I have a feeling that the Court is going to say to Gates Foundation, "Get in line."
What is still unknown is how much SPS student data that ConnectEDU has and, in general, what ConnectEDU is going to do with all the student data from many districts that they have. They could, in theory, sell it off to the highest bidder.