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An increasing number of business-themed summer camps are teaching teenagers entrepreneurship and financial literacy, among other things.
July 13, 2005 – Education Week

Financial education in the nation’s schools seems to have taken one step ahead and a half-step back.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week

More schools are using credit-, debit-, and club-card rebate programs sponsored by big retail operations such as Target Inc. and Macy’s, or by restaurant chains, to help pay for sports uniforms, educational technology, field trips, and even facilities repairs.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week

Not long ago, buying a class ring was a simple yes-or-no decision. Today, though, buying a class ring is all about choices and the personal touch.
April 13, 2005 – Education Week

Brown Schools Inc., a for-profit company that runs therapeutic education programs for teenagers who have emotional or behavioral problems, abruptly filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., late last month.
April 13, 2005 – Education Week

The recent closure by a Southern California manufacturer of modular buildings has left several districts there stranded with half-completed school projects.
March 9, 2005 – Education Week

More states are requiring school districts to offer personal-finance courses to high school students and to put in place standards for economic literacy and education, concludes a nationwide survey released last week by the National Council on Economic Education.
March 9, 2005 – Education Week

Hammett Learning World's shutdown of its stores is the latest development in a tough school supplies market that keeps shrinking and consolidating, analysts and other experts say.
February 2, 2005 – Education Week

The educational software and toy company LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. is treading in rough financial waters, and industry watchers are keeping a close eye on the former dot-com darling to see whether it will sink or swim.
February 2, 2005 – Education Week

The Colorado Connections Academy, a K-8 online school, faces the picturesque Inner Harbor in Baltimore. But its 379 students can’t see the bay from their desks. They’re some 2,000 miles away in Denver, in Littleton, and down near the New Mexico border in Pueblo.
December 8, 2004 – Education Week

Prominent business and economic-policy groups are renewing efforts to put early-childhood education squarely in the national spotlight.
November 3, 2004 – Education Week

In Ohio, schools are hit especially hard by corporate rate cuts. Includes the story "Education Inc."
July 14, 2004 – Education Week

A growing number of private businesses across the country are offering college-counseling services to students and their families.
May 19, 2004 – Education Week

Jostling with each other to tap into the growing education market, the number of pre-K-12 companies merging with other companies, swallowing smaller ones, or selling parts of their businesses surged 26 percent last year. Includes a table, "School Deals."
April 14, 2004 – Education Week

The indisputable fact that says students have to sit somewhere is keeping the school furniture industry in business, although lately its financial results have been showing some scuff marks.
March 10, 2004 – Education Week

Business PageAs more and more schools confront the problem of mold, plenty of individuals and companies, some reputable and some not, are seeking to profit from the situation.
February 4, 2004 – Education Week

The student-photography industry, facing increasing competition and a projected decline in its client base, is undergoing a technological and marketing makeover as it struggles to stay relevant to schools and parents.
December 10, 2003 – Education Week

Earlier this year, the beverage giant Coca-Cola Inc. said it would stop marketing to children under age 12. Yet the Atlanta-based multinational company has stepped up its presence in the lives of students and in the education world in other ways, some industry observers say.
November 5, 2003 – Education Week

Business Page An increasing number of districts, as well as towns and government agencies, are turning to eBay to sell everything from buildings to reams of construction paper.
October 1, 2003 – Education Week

Education vendors are seizing on the "No Child Left Behind" Act to promote their wares.
August 6, 2003 – Education Week

Less than three years after the Educational Testing Service moved into the precollegiate testing market, the SAT's publisher managed last year to pull $100 million from that increasingly lucrative pond.
May 28, 2003 – Education Week

Reference books? Or vanity publications? The standards for picking honorees—and the prices—vary among Who's Who-type books, which are published by a number of companies.
April 23, 2003 – Education Week

Textbook company executives have been upbeat about their sales prospects for K-12 education this year. But state policymakers have thrown some cold water on that outlook. Includes a chart, "Hard Times Ahead?"
March 19, 2003 – Education Week

The nearly $2 billion-a-year school fund-raising industry is cruising along with a lot of long-held relationships between educators and business people, and many proven products. But that doesn't keep new ideas from entering the marketplace, where they can get at least a one-season tryout.
February 12, 2003 – Education Week

After years of plunging profits, hardcover encyclopedias are making a comeback against their digital competitors, especially in sales to schools and libraries.
January 8, 2003 – Education Week

Edison Schools Inc. is rolling out a new line of services revolving around student assessment, professional development, and what it calls "achievement management systems."
November 13, 2002 – Education Week

Little more than a year after it was acquired for $2.2 billion by a French media company, the educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Co. now bears a sign that says: À Vendre. That's "for sale," in French. Includes the chart, "Education Publishers."
October 9, 2002 – Education Week

A look at the stocks of a selection of K-12 education companies shows that most have performed poorly this year. Some have been downright abysmal, while a handful had racked up modest year-to-date gains in their share prices through late last month. Includes the table, "Wall Street Blues."
September 4, 2002 – Education Week

Parents who choose to home school their children have a wide choice of educational materials and services targeted just at them, as curriculum providers take note of home schooling's growing popularity.
June 5, 2002 – Education Week

The resilience of students from the 19,000-student Arlington district and elsewhere is leading to a faster-than-expected recovery for the growing student-tour industry in a school year marked by unusual worries over travel.
May 1, 2002 – Education Week

Richard Robinson's $2 billion-a-year company, Scholastic Inc., is known for classroom magazines and other supplementary educational materials, school book clubs and fairs, TV and Internet ventures, and U.S. children's book publishing that includes a character by the name of Harry Potter.
March 27, 2002 – Education Week

Last week, Edison Schools Inc. learned just how sensitive Wall Street is to the issue: The school management company's stock plunged 11 percent after a report raised questions about how it adds up its revenues. Includes a chart, "Quarterly Blues"
February 20, 2002 – Education Week

With a demographic bump in the number of young children, and with many parents eager to spend on toys that will not only entertain but also teach, this could be a golden era for educational toys. Includes an accompanying business story, "School Managers Chancellor and Beacon Merge."
January 16, 2002 – Education Week

The education industry has emerged from the past two months largely unaffected by the terrors of Sept. 11 and anthrax-tainted mail. Whether it can endure the economic downturn is another question.
November 21, 2001 – Education Week

K12 Inc., William J. Bennett's for-profit company that promises to use the Internet to deliver a "classical" education to American children, launched its learning program for kindergarten through grade 2 last month. But it made the splash amid much skepticism from education industry analysts.
October 17, 2001 – Education Week

For several school-management companies, the past three months have been about as much fun as a summer day spent in a hot classroom.
September 12, 2001 – Education Week

Princeton Review Inc. has taken its big admissions test on Wall Street. Its scores didn't quite put it at the head of the class. Includes an accompanying story, "Deal Reached To Keep Edison in S.F. School."
July 11, 2001 – Education Week

In a compromise that ends the threat of losing a high-profile contract, Edison Schools Inc. will sever its relationship with the San Francisco school district but is poised to continue managing an elementary school there under a state charter.
July 11, 2001 – Education Week

Mark Twain, meet Eminem and the Mummy. Houghton Mifflin Co., one of the nation's oldest independent trade and educational book publishers, is being acquired by Vivendi Universal SA, a French media conglomerate with major interests in movies, publishing, video games, and music.
June 13, 2001 – Education Week

While it may not be apparent to yearbook advisers and their staffs, the past year or so has been a time of upheaval in the industry, with corporate buyouts and the resolution of a major legal battle between two publishers.
May 16, 2001 – Education Week

Unveiled about a year ago with great fanfare, some school purchasing sites are already out of business or are looking to merge. But others have adapted their business plans and just may be poised to catch.
April 18, 2001 – Education Week

Incidents of violence have produced a growing industry of school security and safety businesses. Plus, "Coca-Cola Cans Exclusive Contracts."
March 21, 2001 – Education Week

The London-based publisher Pearson PLC has integrated its extensive assets and devised a strategy for using them to build on its already powerful position in the highly competitive educational publishing arena.
February 21, 2001 – Education Week

The overall downturn in the Internet sector, which began last spring, hasn't spared the dozens of education Web businesses that were just getting off the ground. Includes the table, "Dot-Com Doldrums."
January 24, 2001 – Education Week

As the education industry grows, will the bottom line be about learning or earnings? Raising student achievement or making a profit? Can it be about both? Includes: "Companies Taking on Role of Guidance Counselors" and "Companies at a Glance."
December 15, 1999 – Education Week

While certain businesses have long profited from education—just think of textbooks, cafeteria food, and school supplies—the new education industry is expanding into the area of instruction itself. Tutoring, college counseling, even running entire schools have all opened up as markets for the private sector. Third in a four-part series. Includes: "'Chance of a Lifetime' for Founder" and "The Business of Running Schools."
December 8, 1999 – Education Week

While certain businesses have long profited from education—just think of textbooks, cafeteria food, and school supplies—the new education industry is expanding into the area of instruction itself. Tutoring, college counseling, even running entire schools have all opened up as markets for the private sector. Includes: "For M.B.A.s, Interest Rate in Education Keeps Going Up."
December 1, 1999 – Education Week

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