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In the most recent season of 'Sesame Street,' Grover competes to be king in 'Game of Chairs,' a spoof of the HBO television show 'Game of Thrones.'
—Zach Hyman

Sesame Street and HBO Team Up for Five-Year Deal

HBO will have exclusive rights to air new episodes of the venerable children's program "Sesame Street" for nine months, when it will then be available to PBS for free. (August 13, 2015)

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The beleaguered digital education division that News Corp. invested $1 billion in since 2010 was sold on Sept. 30 to a team of 11 Amplify executives. October 6, 2015 – Education Week
Some in the "maker" movement are looking to start a 1-to-1 trend in schools akin to the push to put a digital device in the hands of every student. October 6, 2015 – Education Week
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show five years ago to announce a $100 million donation to remake education in Newark, it was presented as an effort to make a struggling city a national model for turning around urban schools. September 22, 2015 – AP
The social media giant is bringing its engineering talents to the K-12 arena by teaming up with the Summit Public Schools on a personalized learning system. September 15, 2015 – Education Week
Target Corp.'s Take Charge of Education program, which over 18 years has given $432 million to schools around the U.S., will end next spring. September 14, 2015 – Education Week
In an excerpt from her book The Prize, Dale Russakoff details the backstory of how two public figures attracted an infusion of private money in a bid to transform Newark's flagging schools. September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The creation of an online platform by ed-tech company Knewton marks the most aggressive attempt yet to mix adaptive tools with open content. September 8, 2015 – Education Week
Amplify, the education division of Rupert Murdoch's company, is deeply in the red and on the auction block after its ambitious vision failed to materialize. August 25, 2015 – Education Week
When global media giant News Corp. pushed its way into the ed-tech market, the company vowed to transform classrooms and disrupt the K-12 marketplace. Five years later, Amplify, the company's much-hyped education division, is up for sale. August 25, 2015 – Education Week
The deal sending the show to HBO reflects a world with vastly more programming for children on more channels than when "Sesame Street" first launched. August 25, 2015 – Education Week

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