Update: 9/28: I have updated the Reading First "Scandal" nine times since this first post. G0 to the top and start scrolling.
The Office of the Inspector General issued a Final Inspection Report today regarding some potential shenanigans in the Reading First grant process. I see some of the prominent DI guys being named in the investigation. Looks like it could turn out to be an nice little scandal. Should be an interesting read.
Here's an AP story on the report. Looks like DoE stacked the panel with DI and other non-balanced reading program people in an effort to keep the balanaced/whole reading people off the panel who would undoubtedly permit non-scientifically based programs, like Reading Recovery, to get Reading First grants. Such is life when you are in an industry with an ideological agenda. It's like battling the communists. Nonetheless, rules should have been followed. It should be interesting to see how this plays out. I suspect a large political element is involved with this report. Let's see what shakes out. The DI guys know how to defend themselves in smear campaigns, so if they fail to do so in the next few days, you can probably bet they did something wrong.
Eduwonk appears to be the only one on the case.