Monday, June 13, 2016

Education Week: Fair and Balanced

Education Week, the erstwhile serious outlet for news about public education, has taken a turn.

Today, Ed Week published a puff piece extolling the virtues of charter schools. One must read to the very bottom to see that the writing of the article was funded by the Walton Foundation — yes, the Wal*Mart family. Education Week, which used to be a somewhat "fair and balanced" outlet for education news has recently been accepting big gifts from the likes of Bill Gates Foundation, the Walton foundation, and others who promote, technology, privatization, and anti-union views.

Ever since the Gates Foundation bestowed its gift of $100,000 on Ed Week, there seems to be an increase of articles on the benefits of online teaching and learning.

Ed Week may be in the process of selling its objectivity to the big bidders. Will it become the Fox News of the education news world?

Gene V Glass
Arizona State University
University of Colorado Boulder
National Education Policy Center
San José State University

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the official position of the National Education Policy Center, Arizona State University, University of Colorado Boulder, nor San José State University.

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