March 11th, 2014

NEPC Releases 16th Annual Report on Schoolhouse Commercialism Trends

By National Education Policy Center
University of Colorado Boulder School of Education

Schoolhouse commercialism continues virtually unabated, despite the harm it does, and neither federal nor state lawmakers are moving to further control the practice, according to a new report released today.
The pervasiveness of commercialism in education has become so broad, its threat so great, and its reported benefits so minor that the report’s authors call on policymakers to ban any such activity unless an independent, disinterested body can certify that it does not harm children’s education.

The recommendation is contained in “Schoolhouse Commercialism Leaves Policymakers Behind – The Sixteenth Annual Report on Schoolhouse Commercialism: 2012-2013.” The report is published today by the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education.

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