Educational Publisher’s Charity, Accused of Seeking Profits, Will Pay Millions

Javier C. Hernandez, Hack Educa, Dec 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The Pearson Foundation is in trouble after it "repeatedly broke New York State law by assisting in for-profit ventures." The for-profit venture is, of course, Pearson publishing. In an email to a mailing list, Creative Commons head Cable Green said "the next time Pearson takes a swing at OER as being low quality, poor quality - as costing tax payers more money, as being a waste of time... it may be useful to remind them, in a public forum, that they are not playing by the tax laws of the United States and their actions appear to value profit over access to educational resources." See also this item. The publisher must pay $7.7 after being accused with working with the Gates Foundation to sponsor some Common Core courses to be used by U.S. schools. The courses were later sold to Pearson Piublishing for $15.1 million.

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