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[Susan notes: As this letter points out, the distance between policy and profit is gone. With our education programs, the two are inseparable.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Why are Microsoft, Verizon, Sprint and Apple so eager to donate three quarters of a billion dollars to increase school access to the internet ( Obama Announces Pledges of $750 Million for Student Technology, Feb. 4)? Could it be related to the fact that the Common Core requires online testing, a move that will result in unprecedented profits for these companies?

Online testing requires not only access, but massive amounts of new technology that promises to be obsolete as soon as it is in place. There is no evidence that greater access to the internet will help school achievement, and if the brave new technology fails to produce results, teachers will be blamed and there will be calls for more technology.

The students will have greater access to the internet, and these companies will have greater access to the $500+ billion we spend on public education annually.

Stephen Krashen

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