An additional federal infusion of funding for public schools is slated for this summer, according to new contracting documents that The Peacock Report (TPR) located today. In two particular cases, however, the funds will not be invested in U.S. schools; on the contrary, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in one instance will transfer an unspecified amount of cash to support the standardized testing efforts of the government of Ghana, Africa.
According to a "presolicitation notice" dated April 24, the USAID endeavor seeks to provide -- free of charge -- 4,034,000 testing packages that will be distributed for nationwide assessments of Ghana school children on July 23. The agency is accepting project estimates from potential contractors until May 14.
TPR also has learned that American taxpayers will foot the bill for another Africa-based USAID education project separately implemented this week that will deliver, "at a minimum," 300,000 textbooks to the nation of Liberia.
These projects are the latest in a series of U.S. investments into African education programs. As TPR reported earlier this year (TPR 1/16), USAID also was scheduled to arrange the delivery of 128,000 math and science textbooks to Tanzania.