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 Billionaire Bill Gates announces a $1.7 billion investment in U.S. schools
Washington Post
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday that his foundation will invest more than $1.7 billion in public education, money that will go to support schools interested in developing and testing new approaches to teaching.

Maryland leads states in suing DeVos over dismantling of rule to regulate career-training programs
Washington Post
A coalition of 18 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the suspension of a rule issued by the Obama administration that regulates career-training programs.

Colleges Use Facebook Ads to Target Applicants, Parents, and Lawmakers
Chronicle of Higher Education
…Other colleges, too, have spent millions of dollars on targeted Facebook marketing, one advertising agency told The Chronicle. It’s an emerging battleground in higher education’s competition for students, whether at elite public flagships or for-profit colleges.

Questions on Quality of Online Learning
Inside Higher Ed
In April 2016, four online students at George Washington University filed a class-action lawsuit. The students said they paid more for their online master’s degrees than did their on-campus classmates, but they received a lower standard of instruction. At the time, the Faculty Senate at GW was alarmed. Was this lawsuit (which has since been dismissed) a one-off, or was it emblematic of broader issues?

Colleges and universities join together to survive enrollment and financial problems
Hechinger Report
…Three of the four belong to the Atlanta University Consortium, a nearly 90-year-old alliance under which these neighboring colleges and universities plus the Morehouse School of Medicine jointly offer services and space. It’s a model other schools are increasingly considering, to help reduce the rising costs of doing business by leveraging purchasing power and collectively operating everything from shuttle buses to security and from course offerings to classroom space.

More Scrutiny for Community Colleges
Inside Higher Ed
Community college systems are finding they’re under more scrutiny than ever before, especially when it comes to whether their students complete programs and graduate.

Inside the Data: Parent Notifications Have Become the Norm in K-12 Market
Education Week
The education market today is replete with digital platforms and tools that deliver all manner of updates and information to parents, via e-mail, text message, and app. Newly released federal data speak to just how common school-to-parent outreach, conducted by digital or other means, has become.

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