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” Via NPR : “Meet Jin Park , The First DACA Recipient Awarded A Rhodes Scholarship.” There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below, perhaps prompting another question that Edsurge doesn’t think to ask: “How viable are these companies that are being used to outsource and privatize online higher education?” Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

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” Shares in for-profit higher education companies were up on news of Trump’s election. Via Politico : “Meet Trump’s Cabinet-in-waiting.” ” Via AFR : “ Peter Thiel’s company Palantir Defense could win contracts under Donald Trump.” Inside Higher Ed profiles homework help company Course Hero. ” (The company has raised over $17 million in venture funding from investors including GSV.).

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” More details: “The 66-year-old Caraway, who has also served as the city’s interim mayor, admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two key figures in the scandal that last year brought down the school bus agency Dallas County Schools ; Bob Leonard, who owned the stop-arm camera company that took millions from DCS; and Slater Swartwood Sr., Via The Atlantic : “ School-Security Companies Are Thriving in the Era of Mass Shootings.”

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” “A federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether their academic programs meet state licensing requirements may be postponed,” says Inside Higher Ed. Ah yes, a giant technology company deciding what “good manners” sounds like.

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Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. The district failed to meet its burden of proof and interpreted a state law in a way that is ‘offensive to fundamental rights of free speech,’ the judge said.” ” asks Fast Company. (I’m Education Politics.

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Via Recode : “ Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting about gender controversy due to employee worries of online harassment.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” The Chronicle of Higher Education on Elsevier “becoming a data company.”

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” Via The New York Times : “ Kushner ’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings.” ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). ” Edsurge on Hypothes.is ’s partnership with Elsevier.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The University of Wisconsin at Madison is proposing, pending state funding approval, that transfer students from the state’s community college system who meet various academic criteria receive one year of free tuition if they are from the first generation in their families to go to college.” The sale of the Apollo Education Group , parent company of the University of Phoenix , has been finalized. Elsevier has acquired Plum Analytics.

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” Via The Washington Post : “ DeVos rejects invitation to meet with former for-profit college students.” Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.)

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” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” ” Via Infodocket : “ Louisiana State University is Suing Elsevier For Breach of Contract.” Education Politics.

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Via Masslive.com : “ Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes.” ” The company in question: edX. Via The Seattle Times : “ Garfield football team will continue to kneel during anthem, seeks meetings with police, community leaders.” Presidential Campaign Politics.