08:24 PM

Statement on "GoOpen" Initiative

Statement from Jay Diskey, Executive Director of the PreK-12 Learning Group:

While the U.S. Department of Education’s new “GoOpen” initiative highlights the need for next generation instructional programs, education companies are already providing K-12 schools with research-based, state-of-the-art course materials and learning technologies that advance student success and support teachers. Open education resources (OER) have a place in today’s classroom, but it is not clear whether the type of OER proposed by the Department today will have the rich content, standards alignment, scope and sequence found in professionally developed programs.

The protection of intellectual property is part of what enables education companies to have the ability to innovate and respond quickly to the needs of students and teachers. The federal government should encourage public private partnerships and not create disincentives for the private sector to innovate. Finally, while the GoOpen initiative aims to provide and fund additional curriculum resources to school districts, federal involvement in local school curriculum has long been the subject of debate.

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