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A nice deal of much-wanted attention has been given not too long ago to the function that ALEC has played in dismantling our democratic rights in favor of company profit. In September 2014 , Annie Gilbertson, schooling reporter for 88.three KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, uncovered emails that appear to show complicity between officers in LAUSD, Pearson, the Pearson Foundation, representatives of Apple, and America Choice, a Pearson affiliate, to affect a LAUSD contract resolution and circumvent the bidding course of.

They claim that a current audit revealed that the price of 1 their textbooks, Fundamentals of Investing, rose one hundred forty% from 2000 to 2011 (from $108 a copy to $260), but, as a consequence of a variety of alleged accounting tricks, their royalties over the same interval remained virtually stagnant.” Gitman and Joehnk declare they are owed roughly $470,000 in extra royalties in total, and that their fellow Pearson authors are doubtless owed hundreds of thousands extra.

This week on Education Radio we communicate with Education Radio producer Barbara Madeloni and two college students from the teacher training program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the place she is on the school, Amy Lanham and Rachel Hoogstraten, about their experiences coming to understand and resist the incursion of privatizing forces on teacher schooling.

As informed in his new guide, Fire within the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, Kozol vividly takes us again to the scenes of his prize-profitable books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to many of the kids’s lives he graphically documented, sharing the tragedies, struggles and resilient journeys as they grew into adulthood.

The try to impose a corporate sponsored normal evaluation on pre-service teachers is yet another example of the corporatization of public training and the surveillance, silencing and demands for obedience that accompany it. Following our report of March 24, Mike Winerip ran an article that brought the scholars’ resistance to readers of the New York Times.