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November 28, 2007

The Letter From: What I Learned at the Signal Hill Education Preview Investor Conference

CEO/CFO teams give a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation on their firm and its finances. Each of these “dog and pony shows” is followed by a few minutes of questions from the audience. Here’s what I learned from the Signal Hill session of November 27.

November 22, 2007

Washington State Doesn't Have EMOs or CMOs, It has VMOs

Without a charter school law, Washington has no place for "bricks and mortar" school management organizations, but it appears to be fertile ground for a virtual variant online.

November 17, 2007

Public Education's Business Ethics Catching Up to Publicly-Held Firms

The vast bulk of k-12 budgets are essentially fixed, most of the discretionary resources available to improve schools relate to the purchase of products, services and programs. If we can't spend them strategically, as the result of decisions based on analysis rather than acquaintance, how do we expect to raise student performance.

November 10, 2007

Nonprofits Don't Like to Discuss Their Mistakes Either

Even in business, for every Exxon that tries to get out of responsibility for its tanker's oil spill in Prince William Sound, there's a Johnson&Johnson/McNeil that embraces its accountability for a third party's tampering with Tylenol. K-12 buyers take note - it's not about tax status. You'll need to look behind that label to assess the quality and commitment of your business partners

November 08, 2007 Wireless Generation Adopts an Open-Source Strategy

The more the publishers believe Wireless Generation is a viable initial public offering opportunity, the more they will be willing to pay to avoid it.

November 05, 2007

NCLB II's Delay Should Not be a Surprise

The school improvement industry has billions of dollars of revenue at stake. Relying on the usual suspects for warning is another way of saying you get what you pay for. It's time to start putting some resources behind an industry capacity for indications and warning.

November 04, 2007

Education Blogs and the School Improvement Market

Will Russo turn his scathing wit on Scholastic, say only good things about his sponsor, or say nothing at all? K-12 trade print publications have tended towards the second two. I expect the same from their blogs. (Uncompensated) unaligned bloggers' value-add/competitive advantage has been independence. As the first professional k-12 blogger to choose free agency in our market, Russo has a special responsibility to stay on the straight and narrow.

October 27, 2007

The Seamy Side of School Purchasing - and Superintendent Power

The idea that school improvement program purchases would be based on anything but value; i.e. results at a price, is simply disgusting.

October 26, 2007

Education Plaza Could Be the Virtual Marketplace for Public Education

K-12 education needs its own C|NET, and 1105 Media could build it with Education Plaza.

October 05, 2007

K-12's Public Education Market Extends Beyond "Education" Agencies

“[S]chool board OKs charter school at jail,” by Susie Gran in today’s Albuquerque Tribune illustrates that public education agencies are hardly the only source of business for school improvement providers. Federal and state agencies responsible for juvenile justice, workforce training, health...



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