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.
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.
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.
Weld North is expanding from offering supplemental academic resources to core curriculum through the acquisition of LearnZillion. The firm has acquired a number of education companies in recent years.
CEO Mike Teng says education company leaders should take note: Having been a student doesn’t make you an expert on K-12 district needs.
The cloud-based software provider says its grants to school districts, including Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Francisco, have totaled $67 million over the years.
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 most widely read stories of the past year focused on fast-growing companies, trends in investment, and strategic advice for education companies.
John Fallon led Pearson through a transformation away from serving as a traditional publisher, though the company has struggled with sales in the U.S. college materials market.