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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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09/01 10:16 pm | Test Results from N.D., Mont., Nev., Will Get Examination | Smarter Balanced will review the validity of test results from three states that experienced disruptions on their tests last year.

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09/02 04:47 pm | Social Media Not a Priority for Classroom Teachers, Survey Finds | Just 13 percent of K-12 teachers today have integrated social media into classroom instruction, finds a poll from the University of Phoenix.

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01/16 08:05 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 ...

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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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More than 40 ed-tech companies gathered in Washington for the first of several expected training sessions to help companies understand their legal obligations for protecting students' data privacy. February 24, 2015 – Education Week
The Jefferson Education Accelerator, an effort designed with help from the University of Virginia, asks companies to subject their products to independent research conducted in schools. February 16, 2015 – Education Week
State officials are scrambling to make sure their broadband network provides service to school districts, following a legal battle that has left the network's future in limbo. January 20, 2015 – Education Week
Large-scale and ambitious education initiatives hold no academic promises for students, writes researcher Hunter Gehlbach. January 6, 2015 – Education Week
The sale of ConnectEDU Inc. this year played out on a public stage, and raised concerns among school leaders and privacy experts about how its considerable trove of student data would be used. December 9, 2014 – Education Week
Many districts use needs assessments and pilot tests to set ed-tech priorities, but those efforts tend to produce little useful information for companies, the report says. November 13, 2014 – Education Week
The Federal Communications Commission, weighing new rules, received a flood of responses from educators and educational technology companies urging the agency to preserve the open Internet for schools. November 11, 2014 – Education Week
The popularity of social-media sites and the increasing ability of software to analyze information give members of the class of 2015 more online tools than ever to help chart their next step. November 4, 2014 – Education Week
EdReports.org is training teachers to evaluate how well textbooks align with the common-core standards. The nonprofit group will start publishing Consumer Reports-style reviews early next year. November 4, 2014 – Education Week
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies. October 28, 2014 – Education Week

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