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Early-stage entrepreneurs who are eager to ship usually spend more time calculating their startup’s monthly burn rate than selecting an optimal development environment. As a result, technical debt starts to accumulate. And accumulate. TechCrunch Senior Writer Romain Dillet interviewed Jill Wetzler, VP of Engineering at Pilot, and Preeti Somal, EVP of Engineering at HashiCorp, to
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President Joe Biden said Thursday that major planks of his administration’s agenda — including a proposal for tuition-free community college, a hike in corporate tax rates, and free dental coverage for senior citizens — lack the support of all 50 Democratic senators and can’t pass Congress. Appearing at a CNN town hall in Baltimore, Biden
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Nikole Hannah-Jones was disinvited from speaking at the Middlesex School in Massachusetts over concerns about how people outside the school may react. Marcus Ingram via Getty Images Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer​ Prize-winning journalist and creator of the 1619 Project, said she was disinvited from speaking at a private boarding school in Massachusetts during Black History
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Many parents want their children to learn to play a musical instrument — in theory. But the reality might have them questioning that desire. Living with a beginner and having to hear them practice the violin or trumpet can be tough. And don’t even get parents started on the sounds of those godforsaken recorders schools
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A north Texas school superintendent has apologized for an administrator’s instruction that students be taught “opposing” views on the Holocaust. The executive director of curriculum and instruction at the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake was recorded earlier this month suggesting to a group of teachers that a new Texas law requires them to present
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Florida’s largest education union is warning of a growing shortage of teachers and education professionals, creating a statewide “crisis” in job vacancies ― though state officials have dismissed the union’s claim as wildly overblown. The Sunshine State started the school year in August with nearly 5,000 teacher vacancies and nearly 4,000 openings for education staff,
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Riiid, a South Korea-headquartered AI-powered edtech company, acquired its Japanese distribution partner Langoo to expand its Japan footprint.  The acquisition comes after the company’s latest $175 million Series D round from SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 in May. Riiid has said it will continue to fuel its global expansion with the funding.  Langoo, Riiid’s partner in
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Freelance marketplace Fiverr announced this morning that it’s acquiring Seattle-based online learning company CreativeLive for an undisclosed amount. CreativeLive is an entrepreneurial learning platform where users can attend courses on video, photography, design, business, marketing and more. Fiverr, which is an online marketplace that connects businesses with on-demand freelancers, says that the ability to gain
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Apple is rolling out several new resources for elementary school students, including a new ‘Everyone Can Code Early Learners’ activity guide. The new guide extends Apple’s curriculum resources from kindergarten to college. This latest rollout is part of the tech giant’s Everyone Can Code initiative, which aims to help educators and families introduce coding to
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccination mandate for schoolchildren, a plan that will have all elementary through high school students get the shots once the vaccine gains final approval from the U.S. government for different age groups. The government has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine
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Jack Lynch Contributor Jack Lynch is an edtech veteran and CEO of HMH, a learning technology company. We’ve heard a lot about the role of technology in pandemic education, and for good reason: Digital solutions enabled school communities to maintain learning through uncertainty and interruption none of us could have imagined. However, the triumphs of
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Remote work may have changed the way we spend our days, but there’s quite a sneaky disruptor among us: burnout. As the pandemic drags on, employees are either soul-searching for a bigger purpose or simply exhausted by the uncertainty and stale culture of their current jobs. It’s not a small subset of the working population,
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With the new school year comes a time-honored tradition: picture day. For many parents with young children, there’s little hope for frame-worthy school photos as it seems they always take place right after kids run around at recess or spill all over themselves at lunch. The photographers taking these masterpieces also seem to have a
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Amazon is extending its computer science program, Future Engineer, to India, making the world’s second-largest internet market the fifth market where the firm offers the childhood-to-career community program. The company said at a virtual conference on Tuesday that it will offer several educational materials, scholarships, internships, and mentors to teach computer science courses — and the
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A lot has changed for Duolingo. The language learning company launched nearly a decade ago on the Disrupt stage with no monetization plans. Today, that scrappy app has matured into a well-known consumer brand and a business that makes a ton of money. This growth fueled the startup’s recent decision to go public, which is
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Elliott Zaagman Contributor Once the darlings of Wall Street and venture capital as recently as the beginning of this year, China’s edtech firms are now wondering if they will be able to remain solvent long enough to see the beginning of the next. In a series of sweeping regulations, the central government has taken a
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Olivia Jade Giannulli raised eyebrows on the “Dancing with the Stars” premiere Monday when she declared, “I’m probably best known for being an influencer.” The comment from her intro led viewers to bust their own moves on Twitter to mock the 21-year-old, who has consumed headlines since 2019, when the college admissions scandal ensnared her
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Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm co-founded by Jennifer Carolan and Shauntel Garvey, focused exclusively on edtech for years before the sector ballooned with unicorns. The rare, female-led partnership closed its third fund in February, a $165 million vehicle and its largest to date. That said, returns from its previous funds show that the
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