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NewSchools Fund Attracts More Capital

News from New York Times: NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit that started out channeling philanthropic donations to charter schools and that now invests in a range of education groups and businesses, is entering into a partnership with a new venture capital fund that could result in millions more in financing. At a time when venture [...]

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Turmoil swirling around Common Core education standards

News from Washington Post: As public schools across the country transition to the new Common Core standards, which bring wholesale change to the way math and reading are taught in 45 states and the District, criticism of the approach is emerging from groups as divergent as the tea party and the teachers union. The standards, [...]

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Lawmakers still have ‘a lot of work to do’ on education

News from The Seattle Times: Originally published April 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM | Page modified April 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM OLYMPIA — If lawmakers got a letter grade for progress on the issue of education this session — as some of them want schools to get — they’d give themselves an “incomplete.” The [...]

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Florida approves online-only public university education

News from Yahoo! News: By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Public university students in Florida next year will be able to start working toward college degrees without actually going to college, under a law Governor Rick Scott signed on Monday in front of educators and business lobbyists. The state-run University of Florida plans to [...]

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‘A Nation at Risk’: How much of ‘apocalyptic’ education report still applies?

News from Christian Science Monitor: ‘A Nation at Risk,’ released 30 years ago Friday, was one of a series of reports sounding alarms. Some of the same issues in US schools still resonate today, although progress in certain areas has come through various reforms. It wasn’t the first report calling into question the quality of [...]

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Search for Cuts Puts Portugal’s Schools on Chopping Block

News from New York Times: LISBON — Miguel Reis was one of the vulnerable ones. Like most of the 15,000 or so public school teachers laid off in Portugal over the last two years, he worked on a short-term contract. That made him an easy target when it came to government cost cutting. Six months [...]

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Gov. Jerry Brown promises fight over education overhaul

News from Los Angeles Times: SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday promised lawmakers “the battle of their lives” if they balk at his bid to overhaul state education. A day after Democratic state senators announced their differences with him over his proposal to change the way schools are funded, the governor came out swinging. [...]

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Debate over Kansas education funding pits Brownback against his allies

News from Kansas City Star: LAWRENCE — Introducing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback … the moderate? John Hanna Gov. Sam Brownback — the conservative leader of an increasingly conservative Republican Party in Kansas — is campaigning across the state to drum up support for funding higher education with a sales tax extension. Brownback — the conservative [...]

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Education Giant Pearson Continues Digital Push, Acquires Flipped Classroom …

News from TechCrunch: Educational publishing giant, Pearson, has lately been making a push to snatch up (and incubate) promising young EdTech startups and concepts to help it compete in an increasingly tech-influenced educational landscape. Last May, Pearson acquired Certiport, the maker and marketer of IT and digital literacy products, for $ 140 million, followed by [...]

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A New Drive Toward Universal Primary Education

News from New York Times: Less than three years before a turn-of-the-millennium promise by world leaders to ensure that all children can attend primary school becomes due, 61 million still have no classroom to go to. There has been progress since 1999, when 106 million children were out of school worldwide, according to the United [...]

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