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Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. education, says: 'Students are not products. We have a long way to go across the industry in getting everyone on board with protecting students’ [data privacy].'
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Microsoft Puts Data Privacy on Its Branding Agenda

By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. (July 8, 2014)

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A new communications organization headed by a former aide to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will seek to elevate the national conversation over education policy. September 9, 2014 – Education Week
After a harsh internal critique of the program, the Los Angeles school system's effort to provide all its students with digital computing devices is again in flux. September 8, 2014 – Education Week
Over the coming months, high-profile players in the student-survey field plan to launch new efforts to improve the usefulness, and potentially lower the costs, of their survey instruments. August 26, 2014 – Education Week
A shakeup at StudentsFirst puts the spotlight on similar organizations as they look to balance their broader profiles with local advocacy and coalition building. August 25, 2014 – Education Week
Developers hoping to transform digital learning games from lightweight classroom fun to serious instructional tools could soon have access to new technologies to help make that happen. August 19, 2014 – Education Week
A new organization billing itself as a "Consumer Reports for school materials" will soon begin posting online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to align with the common-core standards. August 15, 2014 – Education Week
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools. July 31, 2014 – Education Week
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's recent $120 million gift to San Francisco Bay Area public schools is no panacea—just ask Newark, writes Frederick M. Hess. July 16, 2014 – Education Week
By backing research and speaking out on the topic, the technology giant is encouraging school officials across the country to demand strong student-data privacy. July 8, 2014 – Education Week

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