Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ask Congress about MCPS' investment in Wireless Generation

The link at the end of this article reproduces testimony given to Congress from the CEO of Wireless Generation on November 20, 2009. The CEO touts the "success" of the Montgomery County Public Schools "partnership" with Wireless Generation.

Maybe Congress can find out the details of the secret deal that Wireless Generation made with MCPS?

Certainly, Jerry Weast isn't telling.

As a reminder, Harvard University Business School has published an article that details that MCPS has invested at least half a million dollars in Wireless Generation's development of a product, on the bet that royalties would be income producing to MCPS. (The article was written by Stacey Childress - Harvard Business School staff, Wireless Generation Board member, and co-author of recent book on MCPS.)

Did the Board of Education ever discuss this deal? No. But Harvard knows all about it.

Did MCPS collect "income producing" royalties? Not even close.

To date MCPS hasn't even recouped the estimated half a million dollar investment, and additionally continues to pay annual fees to Wireless Generation for the use of a product whose development costs taxpayers fronted.

House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing

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