Before he was promoted to head the propaganda effort at the US DoE, Rod Paige was in charge of his own manufactured miracle in Houston, which was the centerpiece at the time of the larger Texas Miracle, the one that ended as the same lie, only on a grander scale. In Paige's pressure cooker that included draconian sanctions for failure (firing) and big bonuses for success (cash), school adminsitrators did what was necessary to deliver the numbers that Paige and Governor Bush demanded.
Unfortunately for the American people, that lie could not be exposed before it was used to set into motion the grandest demonstration of dimestore magic in American educational history, one that cnyically touts its commitment to children at the same time that it assures the failure of those children, that it then uses to demonstrate the need to replace their public schools with EMOs and their CEOs in that part of the corporate socialist establishment known as the education industry.
Here is a bit of news from Houston, where it seems that indictments might be on the way finally for some old lies that might finally be catching up to current events (and poll numbers). Remember the Houston high schools where no one ever dropped out?
Only if the corporate media were interested in reporting the Grand Lie--now that would be a story.