• By Ben Wallerstein
    June 21, 2012

    State revenues have returned to pre-recession levels, according to a new study, but Medicaid spending has soared and state lawmakers are still struggling to balance their budgets and pay for other critical programs like education. The study, conducted by the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), found that Medicaid spending rose 20 percent this year and 23 percent in 2011. The report explains that federal spending on Medicaid fell eight percent this year as stimulus funds that helped pay for the health care program for the poor are no longer available.

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  • By John Bailey and Austin Dannhaus
    June 8, 2012

    The Kaufman Foundation released a report, College 2.0, pushing insitutions of higher education to take an entreprenurial approach to innovation and reform in order to control rising costs. The report recommends, among other things, restructuring accrediation to encourage new methods of instructional delivery, rethinking incentives for professors who drive innovation of teaching methods, and providing more information about the connection between student learning and job market outcomes. Read more

  • By Neal Urwitz
    June 6, 2012

    We're pleased to announce that John Bailey will become the Executive Director of Digital Learning Now.  He will also become a Senior Advisor at Whiteboard where he'll continue to co-publish Education Insider with Andy Rotherham.    Read more

  • By Austin Dannhaus and Rachel Vessey Gibson
    May 29, 2012

    According to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, over 20% of American adults have read an e-book in the last year. When asked about their use of e-content more broadly, nearly 43% of Americans age 16 and older say they have either read an e-book or other online long-form content, such as online magazines or journals. Clearly digital reading is no longer “novel.” Read more

  • May 25, 2012

    On May 22, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released draft requirements for the Race to the Top for Districts Competition (RTT-D).  ED will award $400 million to 20 applicants. The number of students participating in the program will determine funding.  ED may issue grants of up to $25 million.  Applicants may be a part of a State that won a Race to the Top grant in prior competitions. To provide a helpful summary of the program’s details, the team at Whiteboard advisors developed a one-page overview and detailed summary of the new competition. Read more

  • By Erica Price
    May 24, 2012

    Exciting news from Grockit! Everyone’s favorite social network for learning has just launched their new site, Learnist (  Learnist enables users to curate online content and design a set of lessons that are as easy to navigate as the now ubiquitous Pinterest boards. Read more

  • May 1, 2012

    This month’s survey focused on a number of recent federal policy issues, including the first round of ESEA waivers, congressional appropriations to reform the teaching profession, labor-management collaboration, and student loan interest rates. Read more

  • By Rachel Vessey Gibson
    May 17, 2012

    Rick Segal, founder of Seavest Inc., recently launched Rethink Education (RT). RT joins other notable organizations that invest exclusively in education companies and organizations, including NewSchools Venture Fund and Learn Capital. The firm’s current portfolio includes StraighterLine, Engrade, Smarterer, and Education Elements. While RT has been lying low so far, it participated in a $6 million Series A round for Education Elements in March of this year. Read more

  • By John Bailey
    May 15, 2012
  • By John Bailey
    May 14, 2012

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