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"New Profit Dishes Out $1M to 7 Organizations in Personalized Learning Initiative," Edsurge wrote on April 17, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and New Profit share a funding source: the Gates Foundation. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools...

"MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?," Edsurge wrote on April 20, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Class Central share an investor: Imagine K-12. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service in which it...

"Panorama's Student Progress Reports Show More Than Grades (Think Behavior and SEL)," Edsurge wrote on April 20, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Panorama share an investor: Imagine K-12. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service in...

"Schoolzilla 'File Configuration Error' Exposes Data for More Than 1.3M Students, Staff," Edsurge wrote on April 20, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Schoolzilla share an investor: Reach Capital. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service in...

The Omidyar Network announced earlier this week that it has invested in Data & Society, a New York City-based research institute co-founded by danah boyd. The two-year $850,000 grant will fund Data & Society’s work on “the social and cultural issues arising from the development of data-centric technology.” The grant...

Here are the funding totals for March 2017: Amount invested: $220,300,000 Number of investments: 17 Average investment size: $13,768,750 / Median investment size: $10,000,000 Number of acquisitions: 5 The total amount of investment for March 2017 is higher than either March 2016 or 2015, in part because of the number...

"NoRedInk Adds New Exercises to Prepare Students for ACT, SAT," Edsurge wrote on March 15, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and NoRedInk share an investor: Learn Capital. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service in which it...

Education technology startups raised $566,950,000 in February. There should probably be an asterisk next to that figure for a couple of reasons. First, $500 million of it went to the student loan startup SoFi (which says it plans to expand beyond student loans). I’ve also excluded from this particular calculation...

"Should Online Courses Go Through 'Beta Testing'? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers," Edsurge wrote on February 17, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and the provider in question, Coursera, share investors: Learn Capital and GSV Capital. For more information about this and other disclosure alerts, read this...

"New Funding Challenge Aims to Support Special Education Edtech Tools," Edsurge wrote on February 16, 2017. This article fails to disclose that the funding challenge is run by one of Edsurge's investors NewSchools Venture Fund. For more information about this and other disclosure alerts, read this blog post.