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Edsurge was one of the many publications this week touting the Code.org press release which, in turn, touted the work it had done to boost the number of students taking AP exams in Computer Science. The College Board, which runs the AP exam, Code.org, and Edsurge are all funded by...

Edsurge has posted a story, "At Louisville Summer Camps, Robots Meet Literacy to Support Vulnerable Students" and does disclose that it's part of a research series paid for by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. At least one of the products featured in this story shares investors with Edsurge. This is precisely...

Edsurge continues its coverage of the closure of coding bootcamp Dev Bootcamp. It continues to not disclose its financial ties to Dev Bootcamp's owner, Kaplan. Kaplan University was, until recently, part of Kaplan Inc, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. Graham Holdings is an investor in Edsurge. Note: I have...

Edsurge offers ​What a Reinvented College Looks Like: 4 Alternative Higher-Ed Models: Minerva, MissionU, "New Research University," "New Urban College." There's no disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with one of these models: The Minerva Project, which like Edsurge, is backed by Learn Capital. Note: I have been tracking these failures...

Edsurge reports that ​the coding bootcamp Dev Bootcamp is closing its doors. Dev Bootcamp is owned by Kaplan (acquired in 2014). Kaplan University was, until recently, part of Kaplan Inc, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company. Graham Holdings is an investor in Edsurge. But you'd never know that connection based...

Although I’ve been maintaining spreadsheets with all ed-tech funding for a couple of years now, I haven’t done a great job making this data in any other formats than 1) my own verbiage or 2) JSON files. As part of the work I will do with my Spencer Fellowship, I’m...

Edsurge publishes analysis on MOOCs written by Class Central's Dhawal Shah: "​MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities." I've noted before the failure to disclose the shared investors here: both Class Central and Edsurge are funded by ImagineK12. As I've (also) previously pointed out, Edsurge also shares investors with...

This article is cross-posted to Hack Education There have been several articles in the industry and investor press recently that describe the ed-tech market as “on the rebound,” with venture capitalists getting their “second wind” and finding ed-tech once again to be something worth throwing money at. Yay. And indeed,...

Here are the venture funding totals for education companies for the month of June 2017: Amount invested: $295,942,070 Number of investments: 20 Average investment size: $16,441,226 / Median investment size: $3,820,000 Number of acquisitions: 6 I’m going to write a more in-depth analysis of the funding for the year-to-date tomorrow....