When Google shut down a website that used to sell textbooks and other materials, the internet erupted
More than two dozen online education sites were shut down after Google shut them down in July.
Some of those that were available were operated by universities, colleges and private publishers, according to a new report from the non-profit Center for Public Integrity.
The sites are part of a broader trend in which the government has increasingly shut down internet-based businesses, particularly those that provide information about schools and students, or that provide online learning materials.
The non-partisan watchdog, meanwhile, has called for a nationwide ban on government-run websites and apps that provide content and content delivery networks for education, including those that offer access to textbooks and content that students are likely to use in classrooms.
The non-profits report found that many of the shutdowns came at the request of state or local education officials, who have asked Google to stop providing content and services to students.
Some of the companies that shut down have been part of an education-related industry in recent years, including the University of Illinois’ online learning platform, Coursera, which was shut down in January 2016.
The platform, which has tens of thousands of students, had become an online textbook supplier and has grown into a provider of online courses to colleges, schools and teachers.
The companies shut down included Courserapress, Coursetex, CourseWorks, Courvisions, Courspera, Courson, and Coursport.
The universities that shuttered online education websites were not the only ones to shut them.
Many other online educational companies, including online learning service Courseras , had also been shut down.
Courserabs, the parent company of Courseraworld, also shut down last month.
Many of the closures took place in California, which is home to some of the most expensive education in the country.
At the same time, there were no similar shutdowns in New York, Pennsylvania or Florida, which all have higher tuition and fees than California.