Columbus Debates, LearnZillion Raises, And A Safety For The Parent Trigger?

Surprised there has not been more attention on the data fraud story out of Columbus, Ohio (or the school lunch fraud in CA).  Now the state legislature is getting in on the action.

Two former D.C. educators are getting traction with their LearnZillon company and just closed a $7m round of Series A financing for the venture, which aims to provide high-quality Common Core aligned digital materials.  Free for parents and teachers, school districts buy in through a subscription model.  “We are working on a premium layer that will sit on top and will be a compelling option for states and school districts” co-foudner Eric Westendorf told me. The financing is noteworthy because it includes usual suspects and philanthropic interests and for the lead funder their first big ed tech play. It’s a crowded space with Better Lesson and the AFT-British Corporation TSL partnership among other players competing.

Pay attention to the evolution of parent trigger at 24th Street Elementary.  One-off or harbinger?

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