WAYZATA, Minn. – Pacific Educational Group (PEG) has been a focus of education related news in recent weeks.
The consulting firm, which performs racial equity training for school districts across the country, has met criticism after it was found to have made millions of dollars on the public dime in exchange for offering controversial techniques to address the supposed “racial bias” of educators.
PEG had been proudly presenting a list of all its client districts on its website, perhaps to demonstrate how vast its national influence had become, but took the list down after the scandal went public. (Luckily the list was copied beforehand and can be found here.)
Among the nearly two hundred districts PEG has consulted for around the country, about two dozen are in Minnesota. The Minnesota list includes city districts such as Minneapolis and St. Paul, in addition to wealthy suburban districts such as Edina, Eden Prairie, and Wayzata.
We asked several of the Minnesota school districts for copies of their contracts with PEG. From the responses, we found that Osseo Public Schools has paid the group over $500,000 in the past three years. A separate contract with Rochester Public Schools showed that PEG President Glenn Singleton demanded $5,000 per day, as well as reimbursements for meals, flights, hotels, and costs associated with the production of meeting materials.