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Jack Lynch, the CEO of Renaissance Learning Inc., visits the library of PS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center in New York City.—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week Billion-Dollar Deal Heats Up Ed-Tech Market
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. Read more.
(Education Week)
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K-12 Inc. Building a New Identity for Part of the Company
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. Read more.
(Education Week)
Autism Expressed Founder Michele McKeone conducts a training session last month at a school for students and adults with disabilities in Haddonfield, N.J. —Aaron P. Bernstein for Education Week Ed. Startups Navigate the Hard Market Realities for Sustaining Success
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. Read more.
(Education Week)
Karthik Subburam works hard to get the attention of his students during a morning engineering class at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber in Philadelphia. —Jessica Kourkounis for Education Week Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught. Read more.
(Education Week)
Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App'
Using student data that is protected and centered on personalizing learning is the key to true education transformation, writes Michael King. Read more.
(Education Week)
New York Pulls Plug on inBloom as Student-Data Partner
New York state reversed its plans to have inBloom, the education technology provider, load student data into the cloud, adding another setback to the organization. Read more.
(Marketplace K-12)
Startups in Education Set Record, Raising $500 Million in First Quarter
In the first three months of 2014, more than half a billion dollars have flowed into ed tech, making it the biggest funding quarter in five years. Read more.
(Marketplace K-12)
Amazon's Brazilian Textbook Deal Stirs Speculation About Its K-12 Ambitions
Amazon recently announced a major deal in Brazil, a booming ed-tech market, to distribute free textbooks via a Kindle reading app to teachers using government-issued tablets. Read more.
(Marketplace K-12)
Google Amends Its Terms on Scanning User Data for Ads
(Digital Education)
Model 'Inclusive' STEM High Schools Share Common Traits, Researchers Say
(Digital Education)
Commercialism Report Slams Digital Strategies for Marketing to Students (Marketplace K-12)
Wash. Considers Gambling With Future Lottery Proceeds to Benefit Schools (Marketplace K-12)
How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs (On Innovation)
Determining Whether We're Going Out of Business Anytime Soon (The Startup Blog)
Feedback Is Like Hugging a Fuzzy Teddy Bear (The Startup Blog)
Big Data MOOC Research Breakthrough: Learning Activities Lead to Achievement (Ed Tech Researcher)
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1. Teacher Exodus Is No Surprise (Walt Gardner's Reality Check Blog)
2. Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers
3. Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach
4. Is Advanced Placement's Value in the Class or the Test? (Inside School Research Blog)
5. ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar (Politics K-12 Blog)

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