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Edison Schools rebrands and buys online learning company

publication date: Aug 2, 2008
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author/source: Ed Tranham
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Edison Schools Inc – the US for-profit school management company – has changed its name to EdisonLearning and acquired Provost Systems, an online learning company, based in California. The acquisition will enable Edison to offer online programme to students directly or through schools managed by the company.

Provost currently has a handful of school, school district and HE clients plus the US Army. In Pennsylvania, Provost’s software helps support the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School and Pennsylvania Learners Online, which together have a total of 10,000 students. The software also includes a student-information system and a portal that allows student and parents to get access to courses and grades.

The rebranding and acquisition is the first significant strategic action of Terry Stecz who was appointed CEO in January 2007 and completes what the company describes as a ‘full-scale strategic and operational transformation’ of Edison. The purchase of Provost is expected to be the first in a series of acquisitions and partnerships for EdisonLearning as the company looks for e-learning solutions alongside more traditional teaching and learning to ‘accelerate the learning curve for all children’. This strategic realignment is designed to support the expansion of the company’s school management activities in the US and elsewhere. EdisonLearning currently has a client base of about 325,000 students in 21 US states and 23,000 students in the UK.

www.edisonlearning.com
www.provostsystems.com


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