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February 09, 2008

Eduventures' Sell Off Suggests the End of an Era

The sale of Eduventures' Business Research Division is hardly the beginning of the end of days, but it does symbolize the end of the beginning. The school improvement industry may remain fragmented, but it is no longer emerging.

February 01, 2008

Virtual Education: The Real Issues

The New York Times’ Sam Dillon wrote the most recent version of a story we see roughly every six months, which I’ll call the “virtual education wars.” It’s an easy write. Yet, they rarely help to focus the reader on the important issues of public policy – those that speak to the interests of the taxpayer, student and general public, rather than their instrumentalities – teachers union, districts and the private sector.

October 21, 2007

Does a Lack of Political Will Make NCLB's "100/2014" Impossible?

Any leader of a state education agency, school district or teachers union looking at what it will take to approach NCLB's goal of 100 percent student performance can only be worried about what it means for their organization and the adults they represent. The vast majority can only be expected to balk, and do what they can to slow things down.

October 01, 2007

Following For-Profit Providers (IV): Industry Segments

The purpose of these postings has been to suggest that it's not impossible to get started on understanding the real supply side of school improvement.

September 29, 2007

Following For-Profit Providers (III): Individual Firms

A brief intense research effort before purchasing a for-profit firm’s offerings, entering into some kind partnering arrangement, or investing in it, is basic due diligence.

September 28, 2007

Following For-Profit Providers (II): The Big Picture

edbizbuzz readers are not the only ones navigating the school improvement industry without good maps, most providers are in the same boat.

September 27, 2007

Following For-Profit Providers (I)

It's hard to follow the industry, and for the next few days, I’ll share some research strategies.

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