When Public Mission Meets Private Opportunity

The intersection between public mission and private opportunity continues to get busier as schools search for better ways to educate students, and entrepreneurs work to create products and services to help educators achieve their goals. This special report—a follow-up to our 2012 report “Accelerating Innovation” and produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York—examines the complex relationship between the private and public sectors in K-12. The report is part of Education Week's commitment to following the education industry and new approaches to schooling on a special Industry & Innovation channel.


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Some experts are alarmed at what they see as increasingly aggressive moves by companies, but others see those moves as the natural interplay between the private and public sectors.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

As the educational marketplace continues to grow, more companies are working with policymakers to iron out better ways to work together to meet the needs of schools.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

The public-private initiative between the technology company and a city school aims to prepare students for future careers.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

When school leaders agree to beta test a product, they know that they may be creating extra work for teachers and administrators, and that they may be forced to carve out class time for trying it out.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

Educators are trying to make smart decisions about what learning products they use based on limited, and sometimes questionable, research about those products.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

Serious efficacy studies can start as high as $150,000, a price tag that keeps most smaller market players from commissioning similar studies.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

Districts' decisions about whether to contract out services or keep them in-house are influenced by myriad and often competing factors.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

While K-12 procurement of curricular materials has long favored big companies, many districts are now relying on smaller, startup companies to supplement their curriculum needs.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

Large education companies still carry advantages over their smaller counterparts, but experts say K-12 procurement practices are shifting to include a greater variety of vendors.
April 22, 2013 - Education Week

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