Princeton Review Course: $4.5 Million For One Year
But I just read that the LAUSD has signed a one-year contract to pay the Princeton Review $4.5 million "to help students and teachers prepare for state standardized tests . . . ."
What do you get for $4.5 million? According to the L.A. Times, Kevin Howell, executive VP and general manager of the the Princeton Review said his company's role is largely logistical; in the paper's words (not Howell's), that means "printing and delivering the multiple-choice and essay tests, canning and scoring them and making results available to educators."
Is that the best use of $4.5 million?
Let's say it costs around $45,000 a year to pay a teacher's salary. (Actually, you can get them for less.) For $4.5 million, you could hire 100 teachers for a year. You could, in effect, cut IN HALF the class size of 100 teachers, for the five periods a day they teach, i.e., 500 classes every day, for one year -- assuming, of course, you had somewhere to put them (maybe have two shifts a day?).
Is it just me, or does this seem like a waste of money to you?
Read it and weep: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-princeton20aug20,1,141550.story
And, so you know, "Princeton Review" is NOT part of Princeton University.