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K-12 Budget Growth Leveled by Expenses, Education Business Leaders Learn

Companies selling educational technology to schools need to do a better job of explaining what their products do, and what results they can be expected to produce.


Pearson Lands Common-Core Contract in Mississippi After Testing Standoff

The Mississippi department of education awarded an $8.3 million contract to Pearson, in a decision it said was compelled by a state board's failure to act.


Ed. Businesses Asked to Help Schools Plan for Tech. Transformation

Districts are at a pivotal point in their readiness to transform classrooms with the use of technology, hundreds of education companies heard today at the opening session of EdNET 2014 in Baltimore.


Efficiency Index Report Challenged by Think Tank

An economist questions the inputs, outputs, and conclusions of a report that ranked the U.S. 19th out of 30 countries in educational efficiency.


K-12 Dealmaking: Newsela Raises $4.1M to Expand Library of Modified News Articles

Newsela, a startup that offers news articles written at various reading levels, raised $4.1 million from investors in a Series A round.


Federal Judge Shuts Down Alleged Diploma Mills at FTC's Request

A federal judge in Florida has ordered an online school that the Federal Trade Commission labeled a "diploma mill" to halt marketing to students.


Financial Lessons Learned in La. Merit-Pay Measure Shared

State education officials originally had estimated that 10 percent of teachers would be rated "highly effective," but that number was revised to 20 percent, increasing the cost of the measure.


School Business Officials Juggle Financial Challenges

About 1,000 school finance officers are tackling issues from funding formulas to passing bond referenda at an international gathering in Florida.


Florida Virtual School Wins Right to Pursue Trademark Suit Against K12 Inc.

The Florida Supreme Court's decision means that the federal lawsuit by Florida Virtual School against K12's Florida Virtual Academy can continue.


Schools' Activities to Raise Money With Businesses Don't Pay, Researchers Say

A researcher says it doesn't really pay for districts to get into the business of selling advertising or granting exclusive vending agreements.


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