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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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09/30 02:58 pm | Pearson Lands Common-Core Contract in Mississippi After Testing Standoff | The Mississippi department of education awarded an $8.3 million contract to Pearson, in a decision it said was compelled by a state board's failure to act.

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09/30 10:10 am | 'Landmark' Student-Data-Privacy Law Enacted in California | California's new student-data-privacy bill prohibits vendors from selling student information and restricts targeting advertising and the building of student profiles.

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01/16 08:15 am | Sputnik Moves to New Orbit! | If you've enjoyed reading Sputnik as much as I've enjoyed writing it, I'm sure you'll equally enjoy reading and reacting to my blog at Huffington Post. Farewell Sputnik!

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Industry and Innovation
This section of Education Week examines the education marketplace and new approaches that are changing K-12 education. A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps support the project.

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September 30, 2014 – Education Week
Big questions are facing school district leaders across the country about how a learning management system should best fit into the larger ed-tech ecosystem. September 29, 2014 – Education Week
Five school district technology leaders talk about the lessons they have learned about how to choose and use learning management systems in smart ways. September 29, 2014 – Education Week
Choosing the technology for LMS delivery involves carefully weighing the pros and cons of several different options, and figuring out which one fits a district’s unique needs. September 29, 2014 – Education Week
Former educators with technology interests are increasingly making their way from classrooms into the startup world as they try to use their school expertise to create ed-tech products. September 16, 2014 – Education Week
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

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