Google Expands K-12 Footprint, Acquires STEM-Focused Company Workbench

By Sean Cavanagh (Edweek)  Google, already a dominant presence in the nation’s classrooms, is adding to its education portfolio through the acquisition of Workbench, an online platform that seeks to connect teachers and others with hands-on content. Chris Sleat, the founder and CEO of Workbench, announced the deal in a blog post on the company’s website. Terms were not […]

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K-12 Dealmaking: BetterLesson Raises Funds, and Instructure Makes Acquisition

By Alexa Henry (Edweek). One of the the biggest pieces of recent dealmaking news was Pearson’s sale of Wall Street English, a major program for teaching English to adults, to a consortium of buyers. But that was not all. Professional development platform BetterLesson and China-based English language learning company ALO7 raised funds. In addition, VitalSource […]

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Laureate Education’s founder and CEO to step down at end of year

By Sarah Gantz (Baltimore Sun). Headquartered in Harbor East, Laureate has grown into the largest global network of degree-granting higher-education institutions, owning and operating 71 universities in 25 countries, many in emerging markets. The firm employs more than 67,000 people globally and about 1,130 at its offices in Baltimore and Columbia. It is one of […]

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Betsy DeVos to State Chiefs: Full Speed Ahead on the Every Student Succeeds Act

(Edweek) By Alyson Klein — The Obama administration’s accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act have been paused by the Trump administration, and they’re on thin ice in Congress. But U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants states to keep going on their ESSA plans. And she’s keeping in place the Obama administration’s timeline for submitting […]

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White flight is creating a separate and unequal system of higher education

(The Washington Post) By Anthony P. Carnevale In the post-World War II era, whites fled the center city to the leafy-green suburbs and better neighborhood schools. Today, a similar trend has taken root in American higher education, only this time whites are fleeing the underfunded and overcrowded two-year and four-year open-access colleges for the nation’s […]

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