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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Wednesday schools should use federal money to host coronavirus vaccine clinics as students return to in-person classes this fall, saying only “adult actions” could prevent students from returning to class full-time. “Schools should be open,” Cardona told HuffPost. “I would be very disappointed if adult actions interfere with students’ ability
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Unacademy has raised $440 million in a new financing round as the Indian online learning startup looks to expand into multiple additional categories. Temasek led the Bangalore-based startup’s new financing round while Mirae Asset and existing investors including SoftBank Vision Fund 2, General Atlantic, Tiger Global as well as Zomato co-founder and chief executive Deepinder
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Fuse via Getty ImagesLearning loss is a significant concern as we head into the next academic year. But parents should not worry too much, educators say.  The past year-plus was like no other in schools across the United States, and experts are just starting to get a handle on the academic toll the rollercoaster of
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U.S.-based edtech investors are increasingly going global, but recent regulatory crackdowns in China, which instructed local K-12 tutoring startups to go non-profit, have led to a chill among check-writers looking at the country. When I first started reporting on edtech over a year ago, U.S.-based investors often cited China as validation of the opportunity for
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While the Chinese technology market digests a new regulatory landscape impacting the country’s edtech market in a sharply negative manner, U.S. education technology companies have something to cheer about: Duolingo’s IPO priced very well. The language-learning unicorn initially targeted an $85 to $95 per share IPO price range. That interval was later raised to $95
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Leap, a platform for people over 55 to learn via social interaction, has raised $3.1M funding in a seed round led by European early-stage investor Creandum, and SF-based South Park Commons. Also participating was Learn Start/Learn Capital, alongside angels Michelle Kennedy (Peanut founder), Sahil Lavingia, and Tim Tuttle. Leap members gather online to collectively “learn,
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vgajic via Getty ImagesParents in school districts across the country are protesting critical race theory (CRT). Teachers say that’s not what they’re teaching. Critical race theory has, seemingly out of nowhere, become a hotbed issue ― at school board meetings, in conservative politicians’ speeches and in media outlets, predominantly Fox News. In April, May and
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The math is simple: Great research universities beget great startups. Pittsburgh certainly has little want for the former, with two world-class research schools — Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh – located in the city. The latter historically presented a challenge for Pittsburgh, as local startups often left for the greener (in the
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Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer​-winning journalist and creator of the “1619 Project,” has turned down a tenured position at the University of North Carolina and will be accepting a role at Howard University instead. Hannah-Jones, who will become a tenured member of the faculty at the historically Black university’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications, made the announcement
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Duolingo filed to go public yesterday, giving the world a deep look inside its business results and how the pandemic impacted the edtech unicorn’s performance. TechCrunch’s initial read of the company’s filing was generally positive, noting that its growth was impressive and its losses modest; Duolingo recently began making money on an adjusted basis. While
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Rhys Spence Contributor Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization. Last week was a good one for edtech in Europe. GoStudent became Europe’s first edtech unicorn (IPO’d companies aside), raising its third round in
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The University of North Carolina’s board of trustees has voted to give tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones, a decision that follows concerns that the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was being discriminated against in light of tenure being offered to other professors who had previously served in her role at the school. The board voted 9-4 in favor of
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India-based technology startup Salesken.ai has secured an exposed server that was spilling private and sensitive data on one of its customers, Byju’s, an education technology giant and India’s most valuable startup. The server was left unprotected since at least June 14, according to historical data provided by Shodan, a search engine for exposed devices and
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