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March 27, 2007

Education's Ethanol

There was a guy on last night's PBS News Hour (President Urges Ethanol Cars) making the case that, when it comes down to it, ethanol is a mighty weak strategy for energy conservation -- -- a highly subsidized, but ultimately too weak a solution for the underlying problem. This made me wonder, wha...

March 26, 2007

Milken Education Empire Getting Bigger

Though the title of this NYT story (Milken Wants to Sell Stake in His Education Company) makes it sound like Michael Milken is getting out of education, actually he's just bringing more people in -- to the tune of $1B in new investments, half of which is already in hand according to the article. Kn...

March 26, 2007

Business-Minded Blog Joins The Fray

Those of you interested in the business side of education may want to check out Marc Dean Millot's new blog, Edbizbuzz. He's taking a business look at NCLB reauthorization proposals, and has interesting and controversial things to say, like Big Grant to KIPP Houston Dooms Charters to the Margins.

March 20, 2007

State Supe Says Testing Co. Threatened State & Raises Loss Of NCLB Funding

Today, Oregon state supe Ed Dennis (or someone with his authentic-seeming email) wrote me with a letter (below) about what's going on with Vantage learning and OR's testing woes -- basically apologizing for the massive inconvenience and blaming it all on Vantage Learning, the test vendor whose onlin...

March 15, 2007

What Can You Learn From SEC Filings For Education Companies?

I'm not sure I get exactly what all the hullaballoo is about The Princeton Review's selling off one of its subsidiaries, as chronicled in this Insider Higher Ed story from last week (MyRichUncle's Under-the-Radar Buy), but I love knowing where education companies' SEC filings are, and what they look...

March 12, 2007

Who's Got The Best Education Events Calendar?

I find it hard to keep track of when things are happening in the education world -- hearings, conferences, report releases, etc. -- and have yet to find the perfect solution (ie, a calendar that not only includes just the big events I'm interested in, but is customizable and updates automatically in...

February 12, 2007

Troubled For-Profit University Raises Questions About University Self-Regulation

This weekend's NYT story about the questionable quality of the University of Phoenix (Nation's Largest Private University Faces Economic, Institutional Woes via Huffington Post) might seem on the surface to be good news for traditional colleges and foes of for-profit education. The graduation rat...

February 08, 2007

Dropouts In Baghdad

"When Senator John Kerry said last fall that students who didn’t do well in school were more likely to “get stuck in Iraq,” he was immediately attacked for insulting the intelligence of U.S. troops," according to this Harper's Magazine article (Kerry Was Right). "Of course, Kerry’s comment ...

February 02, 2007

What's Going On In The Education Industry?

The February issue of Baird & Co's Class Notes is out (PDF here), and as usual it's full of fascinating news from the business side of education that I would otherwise not likely know. Apparently K12 education stocks are beginning to rally, especially Leapfrog Enterprises (+13%), Scientific Lear...

February 01, 2007

The Education Industry & NCLB Reauthorization

There's been a ton of instant analysis about the politics of the proposed NCLB reauthorization, and its substantive impact on schools (if any). But what I haven't seen much of any of is an analysis of how it would affect the education industry -- publishers, testing companies, tutoring and test pre...

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