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Reading First Heats Up: Criminal Investigation, DI Wife

By Alexander Russo — April 21, 2007 1 min read

I guess I dozed off a little too early during Friday’s Reading First hearings, since this Washington Post story suggests that things have heated up -- a lot.

Some of the best nuggets include: (1) Justice Department officials are conducting their own interviews, (2) former RF head Chris Doherty repeatedly failed to disclose that wife has been a paid consultant for Direct Instruction (now that’s a power couple), (3) Voyager, one of the favored programs is a company owned by Randy Best (a big Bush financial supporter), (4) Reid Lyon now says things seem much worse than he “was told,” and (5) Doherty continues to insist that the program was closely managed from the start (ie, by Spellings).

It’s still hard to imagine this story breaking through to the political or massive media coverage level, given everything else that’s going on. But the comparisons to Gonzalez-gate continue to emerge, and the Post story did make it to the Huffington Post.

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