L.A. District's Contract With Apple, Pearson Criticized in Report

An internal review says the Los Angeles Unifed school system's bidding process for a $1 billion tech project may have given an advantage to certain vendors.


Waiver Setbacks Spell More Business Potential for Tutoring Companies

Tutoring companies are soliciting new business in Washington state after the loss of the No Child Left Behind waiver.


Educators Back Crowdfunding Campaign, Save Ed-Tech Company

A company, edshelf, was brought back from the brink of collapse thanks to a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter that drew the support of educators.


L.A. Schools Chief Halts Apple, Pearson Tech Contract Amid Questions

John Deasy has ordered the rebidding of a massive technology contract awarded to Apple and Pearson, following questions of favoritism in the bidding process.


Calculating the Academic Return on 'Open' Educational Resources

David Wiley, a supporter for open-educational resources, argues that the "learning outcomes per dollar" from free and open resources tops that of the traditional materials produced by commercial publishers.


K-12 Dealmaking: FreshGrade Brings in $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Parents

Canadian-based FreshGrade, Inc. raised $4.3 million of venture capital to expand its digital assessment and communication platform to K-12 schools throughout the United States.


K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Competitor Desire2Learn Raises $85M

Desire2Learn, a Canadian-based LMS provider, raised $85 million in Series B funding, bringing its total external investment to $165 million.


Top ACT Executive Will Resign; Search for Successor Begins

Jon Whitmore, a former university president who has been with the ACT since 2010, says he will retire from the testing organization in August of 2015.


K-12 Workforce Increasingly Reliant on Non-Teachers, Says Report

Teacher aides, and other non-teaching staff make up a much bigger slice of the K-12 workforce than was the case a generation ago.


LMS Company Uses MOOCs, Minecraft to Dig Into K-12 Market

Instructure, a company that makes learning management systems, has unveiled a MOOC and an app designed to help teachers become more familiar with Minecraft and integrate the game into classes.


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