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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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Privatization of Public Education

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07/22 06:48 pm | ACT and Festo Didactic Deals Highlight Competitive Nature of Ed-Tech Industry | A recent acquisition by ACT and a merger of two global companies reinforce just how competitive the ed-tech market has become.

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07/23 12:59 pm | Libraries Play Vital Role in Community Technology Access, Survey Finds | The American Library Association's 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey finds overall improvements in library connectivity, technology, and programming nationwide.

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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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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
From technology to curricular materials and testing tools, the common-core standards are having considerable influence on K-12 spending decisions. April 21, 2014 – Education Week
After severing its ties with the controversial data-management company, the state must determine how it will store and organize student information. April 15, 2014 – Education Week
Spurred by concerns about technology and new assessments, legislators in a number of states act to address student-data protection. April 15, 2014 – Education Week
A review of the data-privacy policies of Edmodo, Khan Academy, and Pearson—which have access to information about tens of millions of students—highlights concerns. April 14, 2014 – Education Week
Companies and K-12 schools are struggling to plot their way out of what has become an emotionally charged and polarized atmosphere around data privacy. April 14, 2014 – Education Week
Following the thrill of launching new businesses, two ed-tech startups are facing the challenges of making smart decisions to attract more customers and grow revenues. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
The virtual education provider says the move is intended to regroup similar resources under a single banner, and not to distance some of its services from a spate of critical news. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
A business group says Massachusetts risks growing complacent in its academic status if state officials don't make fundamental changes in school autonomy, funding, and other areas. April 1, 2014 – Education Week
A private equity company plans to acquire Renaissance Learning for $1.1 billion in a deal that will be one of the largest acquisitions ever in educational technology. March 24, 2014 – Education Week

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