Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brand Spanking-New FTC Disclosure

To comply with the recent FTC ruling, I have created a comprehensive (I hope) FTC disclosure statement. This blog focuses on discussions of educational policy, reform, and practical consideration of teachers. Some of its features include lesson plans, special reports and reviews of publications and products. School Crossing derives only the most nominal little income from ads, reviews, or commissions.

The publications and products I review come from various sources. I may have purchased, or borrowed from a friend or the library, or otherwise have free access. Sometimes my reviews are based on demos the company provides online. Sometimes publishers send me books hoping I will adopt the book for classes I teach. Sometimes they just send me books out of the clear blue. Same with products. If I review something sent for the express purpose of a review, I will certainly tell you. I will tell you if I have been paid for a review. Note to publishers, purveyors and vendors, if you pay me for a review, do not expect that your payment will obligate me to write a positive review. My readers trust me to deliver an honest professional opinion untainted by crass commercialism. (But if you send me, just kidding).

I am NOT an affiliate marketer. I do not desire to be an affiliate marketer. However, if I believe strongly enough in a publication or product, I will provide a link in the “Cited Resources” section at the bottom of the page. There is an Amazon “store” also at the bottom of the page. If you click thorough to Amazon from the Amazon store, and make a purchase, I will receive a nominal commission. Amazon will also credit School Crossing for any purchases you make of unlinked items as long as you started your Amazon shopping at School Crossing. That's one easy way you can support School Crossing. You have my sincere gratitude.

Links in “Cited Resources” may or may not be affiliate links; the vast majority are not. Links within a post, whether front-paged or archived, will not benefit the site monetarily unless the link is also found in the “Cited Resources” section or within the Amazon “store,” both found at the bottom of the page.

There are some third party ads on the page. I do not personally endorse any product or service offered in third party ads.

Your email addresses are completely confidential. I know I hate it when somebody (including non-profits and charities) sells or discloses my email. I will never pass on your email address to any one.

I can only hope I have covered all the bases. The new FTC ruling is simply too vague and all-encompassing to ever be sure. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me an email.

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