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The $600,000 headquarters of an embattled education nonprofit, which once served more than 10,000 students across three states, is in the process of foreclosure and could be sold as early as June, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Anna Nardo, a tenured English professor of 38 years, says professors are leaving. “We lose more and more every year. There’s one right down the hall. She’s going to go teach high school in Lafayette and make $10,000 more,” said Nardo. “In fact, if you have a family of four, we calculated this out. If you have a family of four, with a starting salary at LSU, we qualify for food stamps.”

Widespread technical failures and interruptions of recent online testing in a number of states have shaken the confidence of educators and policymakers in high-tech assessment methods and raised serious concerns about schools’ technological readiness for the coming common-core online tests. The glitches arose as many districts in the 46 states that have signed on to the Common Core State Standards are trying to ramp up their technological infrastructure to prepare for the requirement that students take online assessments starting in 2014-15.

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