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August 26, 2014

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.

August 21, 2014

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.

August 18, 2014

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.

August 11, 2014

Ed. Publishers Marketing 'Non-Common Core' Materials to Parents

Companies are selling academic materials designed to appeal to parents and others demanding an alternative to the common-core standards.

July 31, 2014

AIR Appeals Pearson's Common-Core Testing Contract in N.M. Court

The American Institutes for Research is seeking to break up a potentially big Common Core testing contract that it says was improperly bundled and skewed to favor Pearson.

July 22, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: ACT and Festo Didactic Deals Highlight Competitive Nature of Ed-Tech Industry

A recent acquisition by ACT and a merger of two global companies reinforce just how competitive the ed-tech market has become.

July 21, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: OpenEd Raises $2M to Build More Free Education Apps

OpenEd, a free catalog of more than a million Web-based resources for the common core, raised $2 million in its first round of venture-capital funding.

July 10, 2014

After Loss, Vendor Makes Offer to Resolve Dispute Over Common-Core Contract

The American Institutes for Research has reached out to PARCC to try to resolve a dispute over a lucrative, and controversial, common-core testing contract awarded to Pearson.

July 03, 2014

Protest of Pearson Common-Core Testing Contract Rejected

New Mexico's state purchasing agent, Lawrence O. Maxwell, has denied a protest of a major common-core testing contract that was filed by the American Institutes for Research.

June 28, 2014

ISTE Conference Kicks Off, With Teacher Tech Certification in Focus

One of the nation's biggest ed-tech conferences, expected to draw at least 18,000 attendees, has opened in Atlanta.

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