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There is no a posteriori judicial monitoring, such as a court review, of the results of a company’s forwarding such information. The person concerned is not notified that the information has been disclosed to the government. Article 214, which also became permanent, allows the FBI to obtain, within the context of FISA, electronic and telephone connection data, both incoming and outgoing. Capturing this data does not require a legal warrant. Prior to the Patriot Act, the government had to prove that the person under surveillance was an agent of a foreign power.
NCLB policy requires any district wishing to qualify for government funding to implement “scientifically based” reading instruction. Only “approved” reading curricula will be funded by the government. McGraw-Hill’s Open Court has a majority of these contracts. A large number of urban districts throughout the nation, largely comprised of poor students of color, have made the program mandatory and employ “Open Court police” to make sure educators are not resisting its implementation, according to Clarke.
Could it be that as in the past, the conclusions of a norm-referenced test are being used to justify internal colonialism? Endorsers of NCLB have argued that finding malevolent motives for a policy allegedly designed to hold schools, teachers, and students accountable is conspiratorial. And in fact, the majority of high stakes testing supporters may indeed have altruistic motives and actions. Unfortunately these findings are no more conspiratorial than is the historical structure of colonialism or the desire for profit, as exemplified by educational corporations like McGraw-Hill.