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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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Blog: Marketplace K-12

09/18 10:29 am | Schools' Activities to Raise Money With Businesses Don't Pay, Researchers Say | A researcher says it doesn't really pay for districts to get into the business of selling advertising or granting exclusive vending agreements.

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09/19 09:25 am | U.S. Ed. Department's Ed-Tech Nonprofit Was Born This Week: #TBT | A non-profit launched by the U.S. Education Department in 2011 to help support ed-tech innovation now works with 56 districts to identify and spread promising practices.

Blog: Sputnik

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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Online instructional content remains the largest slice of the growing educational technology market, even in a challenging economic climate for K-12 school districts. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
The $810 million in revenues that ed-tech companies generated from various aspects of digital assessment more than offset declines in the LMS and productivity-tools sectors. June 9, 2014 – Education Week
Proposed changes to "net neutrality" rules, posted by the Federal Communications Commission, have raised concerns among some education and technology advocates, who fear it will diminish the tradition of a free and open Internet. May 20, 2014 – Education Week
The Baltimore and Boston initiatives come amid an influx of money into the ed-tech sector for the development of digital curricula, assessment products, and other offerings. May 20, 2014 – Education Week
A decision by PARCC to give the education vendor Pearson a major contract for common-core testing is being challenged by the American Institutes for Research. May 13, 2014 – Education Week
The company's announcement that it would end the scanning of student e-mails for ad purposes comes after it faced intense scrutiny for its privacy practices. May 6, 2014 – Education Week
With the rapid demise of the nonprofit data-management company, the daunting technical hurdles for better and safer use of educational data are again front and center. May 2, 2014 – Education Week
A federal lawsuit alleges that the online education provider K12 Inc. misled investors, and says that the company’s former CEO benefited by selling off stock before the company’s stock price fell. April 22, 2014 – Education Week
With a federal lawsuit pending, and more scrutiny about its practices, Google updated its terms of service and privacy policies about how it uses private data. April 22, 2014 – Education Week
The common-core standards have touched virtually every aspect of the nation's K-12 system over the past several years, but big challenges remain for the initiative. April 21, 2014 – Education Week

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