A Corporate Takeover of the Curriculum?

By Tom Auxter

The 2013 legislature passed a law (HB 7029) that starts the process of awarding credit at Florida’s universities and colleges for courses designed, taught, and graded by corporations. The goal is to replace accredited courses that universities and colleges now offer with courses provided for sale to students by commercial vendors.

The bill specifies that “the Department of Education shall contract with a qualified contractor to review and provide recommendations for on-line courses, including massive open on-line courses and competency-based on-line courses for K-12 and postsecondary education.”

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