"Waste of the Week" on The National Desk: Panorama Education 162_WOTW

October 22, 2021 12:18 PM



WASHINGTON (SBG) - Attorney General Merrick Garland has received a lot of pushback after his memo directing the FBI and US attorneys to investigate threats against school board members, teachers, and staff.

But Open The Books’ Adam Andrzejewski says they found that the Attorney General’s son in law is the co-founder and president of Panorama, an organization that sells surveys to school districts.

“Their surveys cover 13 million schoolchildren across the country in all 50 states, and that's 23,000 schools that they are contracted to do surveys,” said Andrzejewski to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat. “We found that panorama raised $16 million, and some of their investors were people like Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, so it's an organization backed by very powerful people.”

At one local school district in Arlington, Virginia, Andrzejewski says Panorama is contracted to receive $300,000 over a five-year period for three surveys - money which Andrzejewski claims could be spent in the classroom.

“One question is how clearly you see your culture and history reflected in your school?” said Andrzejewski. “Another question, how often do you feel that you're treated poorly by students, because of your race, ethnicity, gender, family history, religion, disability, or sexual orientation?”

According to Open the Books, 67% of students said they felt they were properly represented - leaving a third of the student body feeling underrepresented and marginalized. But Andrzejewski claims the surveys lead to the controversial Critical Race Theory being taught in the classroom.

“Critics say that these surveys are the ‘gateway drug’ to bring in objectionable curriculum that says America is fundamentally racist or has other problems,” said Andrzejewski.


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