Update: Did Wireless Generation Ever Give NJ's Money Back?
Remember when the states were going crazy applying for Race To The Top funding? Remember how the Gates Foundation offered 15 special states outside consulting help, and then had to open it up to any state when I and others embarrassed them about it? Remember how New Jersey messed up its application and Governor Christie fired the state chief for the botched job? Sure you do. But it wasn't Parthenon, McKinsey, Education First, BCG, or any of the other name-brand consultants who messed up New Jersey's application (leaving out basic financial information). It was Wireless Generation, the folks known for their ed tech solution and more recently for their unfortunate affiliation with Rupert Murdoch. I didn't even know they did that kind of work. They got a cool half a million from New Jersey, some or all of which may have been Gates money (and some of which may have been returned at the state's request). I am perhaps the last person in the world to know this part of the story, which broke a year ago. Or maybe you are. Anyway. Amazeballs.