Julian Vasquez Heilig is a professor at the University of Texas who has a rare combination of gifts:

He is smart, he has a strong command of research skills, and he has a wicked sense of humor.

In these two posts, which seem to be the beginning of a series, he follows the money to see who is making big bucks at the public trough (he uses a different, anatomical term).

This one is about Sandy Kress, the architect of NCLB, who frequently writes opinion article about the virtues of standardized testing and the grand accomplishments of NCLB, but is seldom identified as a lobbyist for mega-testing corporation Pearson.

This one is about Teach for America, which collects millions from the federal government, state governments, school districts, foundations, and billionaires, while charging school districts who hire their recruits. Its most recent 990 form showed that it had raised close to a billion dollars in five years.

Follow Heilig’s blog. It never ceases to educate and/or entertain.