Mexico-based telecom billionaire Carlos Slim Helu is the latest Daddy Warbucks to flock to Sal Khan and the Khan Academy since Bill Gates. Slim’s foundation this month announced it signed an agreement to support Khan Academy translations to Spanish and help bring it to students, teachers, researchers and others in Mexico.
UK-based publisher Pearson is launching a for-profit higher education program called Pearson College, which will offer a degree course validated by London universities. The bachelors degree in business will be offered to about 40 students at Pearson’s offices in London and Manchester starting this Fall.
“Pearson, one of the giants of the for-profit industry that looms over public education, produces just about every product a student, teacher or school administrator in Texas might need. From textbooks to data management, professional development programs to testing systems, Pearson has it all—and all of it has a price.” – Abby Rapoport in The Texas Observer
The London-based company said virtual public schools that cater to non-traditional students such as home-schoolers are a large, fast-growing segment of education in the United States. Many of these schools are funded by states and are free to student who attend.