Draft Federal Data-Privacy Bill Targets Some Ed-Tech Practices, Silent on Others

A draft measure being circulated on Capitol Hill would bar ed-tech vendors from directing targeted advertisements to students, though it does not cover some controversial practices.


Former National Geographic Society President Eyes Ed-Tech Market

Tim Kelly, who is credited with leading the society's transition into digital media, is helping to launch a game-based learning platform, according to an SEC filing.


NewSchools' Nonprofit Seed Fund Gives Way to For-Profit Investment Arm

Plans are underway to wind down the New Schools Venture Fund's seed fund, which has supported education efforts with philanthropic dollars.


K-12 Dealmaking: Citelighter Raises $2M to Simplify the Writing Process

Citelighter, an ed-tech startup with an online platform designed to break the writing process down into simple steps, raised $2 million in Seed-2 financing.


K-12 Merger and Acquisition Market Looks Positive for 2015, Says Investment Firm

A managing director at Berkery Noyes, an investment firm that tracks deals made in K-12, expects strong activity in the sector this year.


K-12 Dealmaking: Pearson Invests $50M to Support Education Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets

Pearson, the worldwide education company, invested $50 million into its Affordable Learning Fund, which supports education startups in developing countries.


With Data-Privacy Pledge, Ed-Tech Providers Also Face Legal Obligation

Companies signing a student-data privacy pledge could be subject to federal or state enforcement actions if they don't live up to their word.


School Budgets for K-12 Instructional Materials, Tech on the Rise, Survey Says

Budgets for educational technology hardware and software are on the rise in many school districts across the country, thanks, in large part, to an improving economy.


After a Wait, Google Signs Pledge on Student-Data Privacy

Google has signed a pledge to protect student data privacy, after the company had initially not agreed to make the public commitment.


Evaluating the Outlook for the Ed-Tech Industry in 2015

Complications around student-data-privacy, frustrations with the K-12 procurement process, and the lure of the global marketplace are some key trends to watch in 2015.


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