April 9, 2012 | Volume 43, Number 8

Oklahoma Switches Science and Social Studies Adoptions

The caravan with spelling books and dictionaries and other materials focused on language arts and grammar took off in Oklahoma in January and February, so schools could make their ...

Lavelle Shuffles Executives at School Specialty

As the new president and CEO, Michael Lavelle quickly is putting his stamp on K-12 supplemental materials publisher and distributor School Specialty (Greenville, Wis.), beginning in ...

Cengage Learning Amends and Extends Some of its Debt

In difficult and changing market conditions and with a $5 billion-plus debt load, Cengage Learning (Stamford, Conn.) in March was able to push out due dates from as early as 2013 on ...

Palm Beach Schools Buy, While 2012 Has Rocky Start

With Florida generally maintaining state funding for instructional materials. The Palm Beach (Fla.)County Board of Education in March approved spending $10.2 million to implement new ...

College Publishers Begin the Year on the Plus Side

The needle moved to the positive side of flat in January for publishers of college instructional materials, as net sales of $387.2 million increased 1.8% from January 2011, according ...

Courier Amends and Extends Loan Agreements

Book manufacturer and specialty publisher courier Corp. (North Chelmsford, Mass.) in March amended and extended $100,000 in loans, bumping up due dates to 2016.Two $20 million and two ...

Princeton Review Breaks Up, Test Prep Goes for $33M

The Princeton Review (Framingham, Mass.), which has struggled in recent years to define and promote its mission, is breaking up. The existing company is selling its test prep ...

Dictionaries Move off the Shelf

Publishers of dictionaries are moving them off the shelves and into the digital era, particularly for English-language learners.In March, Merriam-Webster (Springfield, Mass.) made ...

Goodheart Willcox Q3 Revenue Falls 14.5%

A K-12 market rife with budget shortfalls and the absence of relevant textbook adoptions in career and technical education are contributing to significant declines in revenue at ...

Blackboard Adds Open Source Solutions

Blackboard (Washington, D.C.) in March added open source to its learning platform options when the company acquired Moodlerooms (Baltimore) and NetSpot (North Adelaide, South ...

People

For-profit career college operator Lincoln Educational Services (West Orange, N.J.) in April named Scott Shaw executive vice president and chief operating officer. The post was last ...

Partnerships & Acquisitions

Becker Professional Education, a business of for-profit career-college operator DeVry Inc. (Downers Grove, Ill.) in April acquired Falcon Physician Reviews (Irving, Texas), which ...

News Briefs

Lakeshore Learning Materials (Carson, Calif.) in April published an observation-based performance assessment designed for preschool students called the Early Learning Scale. The ...

Around the Schools

Peoria, Ill. public schools are implementing the Pinpoint integrated education suite data management software from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Boston) in the district and will begin a ...

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