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Where Is Accountability For The Troubled SAT?

By Renee Dudley/Reuters

BOSTON - Last month, the governing body of the College Board - the not-for-profit that owns the SAT college entrance exam - met at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Fort Lauderdale for its annual retreat.

In 2016, the organization struggled with myriad problems: security lapses overseas, a major breach of questions from the new SAT in the United States, concerns that math questions on the redesigned exam were too long, and continuing setbacks in its years-long effort to digitize the test.

Whether the organization's Board of Trustees discussed any of those issues at its Florida retreat is unclear. Trustees have declined to discuss the College Board's problems. In a statement to Reuters, a spokeswoman cautioned that "outside experts" who comment on the College Board "have no knowledge of the Board of Trustees' deliberations."

A lack of disclosure by the board is precisely the issue, say some specialists in non-profit governance. Oversight of the College Board and its CEO, David Coleman, has been opaque, they say, as members of the Board of Trustees have proved unwilling to discuss how the organization is handling its problems.

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Posted on February 17, 2017
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Posted on November 9, 2016

Where Is Accountability For The Troubled SAT?

By Renee Dudley/Reuters
Oversight of the College Board, which owns the test, and its CEO, David Coleman, has been opaque, as members of the Board of Trustees have proved unwilling to discuss how the organization is handling its problems.

Posted on February 17, 2017

Cal City Candidates Called Upon

By Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers' Project
Since 2008, Calumet City has been sued 28 times over police misconduct, with three lawsuits stemming from fatal police shootings.

Posted on February 14, 2017

When the Government Really Did Fear A Bowling Green Massacre

By A.C. Thompson/ProPublica
For some concerned about America's vulnerability to terrorism, the very real, mostly forgotten case of Richard Schmidt in Bowling Green, Ohio, deserves an important place in any debate about what is real and what is fake, what gets reported on by the news media and what doesn't.

Posted on February 8, 2017

Other Countries Are Now Recruiting Skilled Immigrants Not Welcome In America

By Jon Marcus/The Hechinger Report
The U.S. is losing a competition it doesn't seem to know it's in.

Posted on February 7, 2017

Trump Puts U.S. Food, Farm Companies On Edge Over Mexico Trade

By Tom Polansek and Mark Weinraub/Reuters
Mexico is one of the top three markets for U.S. farm production.

Posted on February 6, 2017

Is It OK To Punch Nazis?

By Patrick Stokes/The Conversation
Meet Richard Spencer, backpfeifengesicht: 'A face in need of a slap.'

Posted on February 3, 2017

Illinois Agrees To Reform Of Parole Revocation Process

By The Roderick And Solange MacArthur Justice Center
Landmark settlement will provide attorneys to parolees unable to afford legal counsel in revocation hearings.

Posted on January 25, 2017

The Real Forgotten Americans

By Leonard Steinhorn/BillMoyers.com
Campaign events tell the real story of who's forgotten and who isn't, and the verdict is clear: White working-class voters in the Rust Belt are far from forgotten, but impoverished areas that have no Electoral College value are completely ignored.

Posted on January 21, 2017

Just Eight Men Own Same Wealth As Half Of Humanity

By Nika Knight/Common Dreams
"We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary. That's crazy."

Posted on January 17, 2017

How Union Contracts Protect Bad Cops

By Reade Levinson/Reuters
Over the last 40 years, cities have bargained away the power to discipline police officers.

Posted on January 14, 2017

Boeing Joins New Lobbying Group To Defend $8.7 Billion In State Tax Breaks

By Alwyn Scott/Reuters
Chicago-based company opposes efforts to make the aerospace tax breaks, passed in 2013, dependent on Boeing maintaining minimum employment levels.

Posted on January 18, 2017

GOP Further Eviscerates Oversight By Changing Little Known Records Rule

By Lauren McCauley/Common Dreams
Congressional documents now the property of the Member, not the government (and thus, not available to investigators).

Posted on January 11, 2017

State Tax Incentives To Corporations Don't Work

By Joshua Jansa/The Conversation
There is scant evidence to support the argument that targeted incentives produce economic growth. Rather, the record shows they tend to fail to achieve their intended goals.

Posted on January 19, 2017

What The U.S. Can Learn About Hate Crimes From The U.K.

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica
Surprisingly, the incidents often did not involve the likeliest of suspects: the fringe, ultra-nationalist and Neo-Nazi groups.

Posted on January 10, 2017

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