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Archive | August, 2015

Big Hype, Hard Fall for News Corp.’s $1 Billion Ed-Tech Venture

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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The global media giant News Corp. sought to push its way into the K-12 marketplace five years ago by betting big on technology.

Now, despite a $1 billion investment and a steady stream of brash promises to radically disrupt the way public schools do business, the company’s education division, known as Amplify, is deeply in the red and on the auction block.

Districts Facing Teacher Shortages Look for Lifelines

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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With a new school year approaching, districts around the country are issuing urgent pleas for teachers to come work for them.

The words on many people’s lips are “teacher shortage,” and in some places, they have the ring of crisis to them.

“There are 467 current job openings, and we’re all trying to pull from the same applicant pool,” said Beverly Mortimer, superintendent of the Concordia, Kan., school district.

Teach a Class from a Bridge

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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By Dr. Oliver Hedgepeth, Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
One evening while driving to one of my graduate courses in project management at Old Dominion University, I hit a traffic jam at the Hampton Roads (Virginia) tunnel. My class was assembling in a classroom and, as I assessed the miles of red taillights before me, I guessed I would arrive at least one hour late.

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