Pearson announced a $25 million acquisition of an Australian digital learning company, and China-based VIPKid’s raised $80 million in new venture capital funding.
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance “is not looking for any old proposal,” a major contractor told attendees of the recent ED Games Expo.
The Clayton County district in Georgia is looking for book jobber services from qualified firms. Delaware’s Department of Education needs PD services for teachers, while the St. Louis Board of Education is looking for instructional materials and training in mathematics for grades 3-8.
Many companies designing games for the education space are falling short in anticipating the demands of special-needs populations, attendees of the recent ED Games Expo said.
Investors are likely to set a higher bar for financially backing education companies over the next year, even as they look to put their money behind new product areas.
A New York state legislator is pushing for passage of her bill to place a statewide moratorium on the use of biometric technology in schools, as similar bills are pending in other state legislatures.
The cloud-based software provider says its grants to school districts, including Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, have totaled $67 million over the years.
An LMS is sought for a New York statewide contract. Richmond, Va., Public Schools needs a K-8 English/language arts and mathematics curriculum, while Springfield, Mo., is seeking a proposal from qualified firms to audit its elementary math and secondary ELA program.
In K-12 dealmaking news, Pearson’s first investments from its venture capital arm have been announced, and a Nashville-based startup that provides parent feedback to schools raises $1 million.
The Washoe County, Nev. district is buying supplemental special education curriculum materials, while the Portland, Ore., schools seek a college and career readiness tool.