New 'Bond-Finder' Site Gives Vendors Intel on Big K-12 Spending Projects

A new online service aims to give education companies a competitive leg up by providing them with detailed insight on major bond issues and capital improvement projects in K-12 districts.


Test Vendor Points to AIR Slow Delivery as Key Factor in Nevada's Testing Woes

Recent problems in Nevada's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium common-core tests were attributed to late delivery of open-source code.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Acquire Scholastic Ed-Tech Businesses for $575M

The Boston-based company will acquire a portion of Scholastic's ed-tech business in an effort to strengthen its K-12 offerings and build other operations, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says.


National Certification Program Launched for Local School Foundations

The National School Foundation Association will offer a certification program for pre-K through grade 12 foundations, which organizers say will be the first of its kind in the United States.


Nev. Claims Testing 'Breach of Contract' by Smarter Balanced, Measured Progress

The state has given notice to a vendor and the Smarter Balanced testing consortium that they are in "breach of contract" after a series of testing glitches.


American Institutes for Research Apologizes for Latest Testing Woes in Fla.

Students in several counties on Monday ran into problems trying to log in to the state's online testing system, leading to testing delays.


Ed-Tech Groups See Promise in K-12 Tech Amendment to ESEA

The amendment, approved by the Senate Education Committee, would allow a competition for federal funds to pay for educational technology and professional development.


Venture Capital Roundup: Three Ed-Tech Deals and a $1.5B Acquisition

Three ed-tech companies raised nearly $20 million and LinkedIn entered the education market with a $1.5 billion acquisition of lynda.com.


SEC Examining Los Angeles iPad Deal, Newspaper Says

The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked the district whether it properly disclosed how bond funds would be used for the school system's Apple contract.


L.A. District Demands Refund for Pearson Curriculum on Apple's iPads

In the latest twist in the LAUSD's troubled, large-scale purchase of iPads across its schools, the district is demanding a "divorce" between Apple and Pearson.


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