Tony Wan

Allovue Acquires Equiday to Make K-12 Budgeting More Transparent and Equitable

“You can’t talk about closing the student achievement gap without talking about the resource gap,” says Jess Gartner. In other words, how schools allocate funds for educational services play a major role in shaping student outcomes. Yet deciding how that money is distributed and tracking how it is spent, across state agencies, districts and schools, can be a morass.

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Mark Cuban, ECMC Lead $1.9M Round for Cluster to Develop Industrial Tech Talent

The allure of “tech jobs” and the salaries they command have given rise to new industries, from coding bootcamps to specialized recruiters. Yet the likes of Google and Facebook sometimes overshadow sectors that have been—and remain—core to the American economy: industrial manufacturing.

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Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition

All the world’s a stage when you’re a startup, and life becomes a pitch in front of investors, advisers, reporters, partners and potential acquirers.Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition, which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent.

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Edtech’s Blurred Lines Between Security, Surveillance and Privacy

A study by Northeastern University researchers suggests that schools are safer than they were in the 1990’s. But headlines about cyberbullying and school shootings have communities understandably on edge.

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OK Go Wants to Launch Your Students’ Art Experiment Into Space

The gravity-defying choreography in OK Go’s music videos is out of this world—which is also where the American rock band wants to send students’ art experiments.

Now With Revenue, ClassDojo Raises $35 Million to Expand to Homes Across the World

Sam Chaudhary doesn’t like to talk about money. But he’s certainly good at raising it—which may seem odd given that the 8-year-old company only recently started generating revenue.In describing ClassDojo’s latest fundraise—a $35 million Series C round—Chaudhary, its co-founder and CEO, says “it wasn’t a very long process,” which wrapped up in late 2017. The entire process, he claims, closed in a mere two months.Even more, he adds: “The best way to raise money is when you don’t need it.”

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Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU.

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Finally: Pearson Sells Its US K-12 Courseware Business—for $250 Million

Nearly a year after announcing the plan, Pearson has finally sold its U.S K-12 courseware business. The buyer: Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

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Google’s AI Assistant Fund Invests in GradeSlam to Make Online Tutoring More Equitable

Online tutoring services are a dime a dozen, and in recent times they’ve raised many dimes. Since 2016, these companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in venture capital, according to EdSurge data—most notably Chinese startups that connect local students with English tutors.

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A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest

Weld North Education is named after the Harvard dormitory where its founders first met in 1982. Little did they know then that the first word in its name would become a fitting pun for the private equity firm’s consolidation of education companies.

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