[Editor’s note: You are probably as tired of reading about Chuck “Pearson” Cagle as we are writing about him. We promise this will be the last article about Chuckles. At least until the next one…]
For the last week, Chuck Cagle has been furiously calling school superintendents, his pastor, the guys down at the gas station and anyone else who would listen to inform them that his wife, Sandy, does not work for Pearson (as was reported by Rocky Top several days ago).
Rocky Top stands corrected – sort of — not really. None of us here at RTP are what you would call social friends with the Cagles and we based our information on Sandra Cagle’s LinkedIn post declaring proudly that she worked for Pearson. Although she left Pearson just a few months ago (well after, it should be noted, the media and others were starting to look into Chuck’s House of Conflicts), Sandra didn’t update her LinkedIn status until very recently. Gee, we wonder why?
But if you have been on the receiving end of one of Chuck’s calls protesting his (partial) innocence, here, as Paul Harvey used to say, is “the REST of the story.”
Chuck has being trying to blow right by the fact that until late last fall, his wife worked for Pearson and had done so for 13 years, specializing in “account development” for Common Core, etc. in Tennessee and elsewhere. So for the last two years, while Frist, SCORE and the gang have been relentlessly pushing Common Core and PARCC, Sandra Cagle has been on the front lines trying to do the same. Sorry Charlie, it’s going to take a lot more than your wife switching jobs to get your virginity back.
[Editors note: It should also be mentioned that in December, the State of New York fined Pearson $7 million big ones for “abuse of a charity” (the Pearson Foundation) to promote a for-profit business (Pearson, Inc.). Seems Pearson had been taking key school superintendents on junkets to Australia, Japan and the like to try and influence them into buying their crap. It’s been the subject of major news stories like this one in the New York Times:
Notice the centerpiece of the above article is the misdeeds of Pearson’s influence-peddling in the state of Kentucky. And while this was going on just to the north of Nashville, who, pray tell was the senior account manager for Pearson in Kentucky as well as Tennessee? Why Sandra Cagle, of course. How convenient].
Chuck also leaves out the tidbit that Sandra’s new employer, Curriculum Advantage, has as one of its best clients a little outfit called the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS), for which her hubby is the lobbyist. Seems like Cagle, Inc. has simply moved their taxpayer-fleecing 3-card Monty game down to the next block.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any more incestuous.