K-12 Dealmaking: Chicago Schools to Expand Pre-K with $17M Social Impact Bond

Goldman Sachs and other investors are financing a $17 million social impact bond for the Chicago Public Schools' expansion of a pre-K program.

Under Pressure, Okla. Hires Measured Progress to Oversee Winter Tests

Oklahoma officials scrambled to find a testing vendor for exams required for high school graduation, after another company, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, backed out.

'Smart' Venture Capital Firms Making Fewer Ed-Tech Deals, Analysis Finds

While money continues to pour into ed tech at a strong pace, the number of deals by "smart-money VC firms" has slowed in 2014, according to CB Insights.

Los Angeles School Board Rejects Releasing Apple Procurement Report

An inspector general's report on the Los Angeles Unified School District's controversial purchase of iPads will not be released to the public.

Incubator School in L.A. Wins Grant to Spread Entrepreneurship

The Incubator School wants to "create tomorrow's entrepreneurs today;" a $100,000 grant will help it create a playbook to teach other schools how to do the same.

New York City's iZone Undergoes Changing of the Guard

New York City schools' innovation zone, an effort to identify new ways to bring technology and innovative approaches into classrooms, is experiencing major changes in its leadership.

Testing Company DRC Protests Award of Contract in South Carolina

The Data Recognition Corporation is protesting a South Carolina award to the ACT company to conduct grade 3-11 tests, a contract potentially worth $58 million.

Top K-12 Education Foundations Ranked in National Study

The top 25 foundations serving K-12 schools are ranked based on eight key performance categories, including assets, annual revenues, expenses and volunteers.

Company Known for Student Surveys Unveils New Tool for Teachers

Tripod, perhaps best known for its work on student surveys for a Gates foundation study of teacher effectiveness, announced this week it will provide free surveys to teachers.

Student-Privacy Pledge for Ed-Tech Providers Draws Praise, Criticism

Companies now have a voluntary pledge for privacy practices they can sign as K-12 service providers, but some privacy advocates say it doesn't go far enough.

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