An Unlikely ESSA Provision: Warning On Copyright Piracy

An Unlikely ESSA Provision: Warning on Copyright Piracy

August 29, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act covers a vast swath of federal education policy, from testing to teacher-training to turning around struggling schools. But language tucked into the 400-plus-page statute also has another, less-expected goal: informing students and parents about “the harms of copyright piracy.”
Wording that urges school officials and parents to explain the importance of preventing the illicit use of copyrighted material is found in three sections of the law, alongside more predictable school policy decrees on teaching and learning.
It turns out the language can be traced to the insertion of an amendment to the massive statute …

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