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From Local Control to Government and Corporate Takeover of School Curriculum:

Here is the opening from an essay may be read at the url below.

by Harold Berlak


The No Child Left Behind Act signed into law in January 2002 by George W. Bush is the latest chapter in a historical conflict between business efforts to shape public education so that it serves their best interests, and the struggles by democratic movements to resist corporate control and create and sustain public schools that serve children̢۪s best interests and strengthen democracy.

This essay is in two parts. Part one is a history and analysis of the radical shift in federal educational policy over the last 40 years, a shift that fundamentally altered the balance of power --from a time when local educational authorities, principals, teachers, teacher educators exerted considerable influence over the curriculum and learning process, to today when federal and state governments together with mainline cor-porations and numerous corporate funded think tanks, foundations, and NGOs such as the Business Roundtable , the Broad Foundation and the Education Trust are the dominant force. . . .

— Harold Berlak
The No Child Left Behind Act and the ‘Reading First’ program


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