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      Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

      File photo. (MGN)
      File photo. (MGN)
      WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - Google Capital's investment in Renaissance Learning is its first in the educational sector.

      The Wisconsin Rapids-based educational technology provider says Google Capital will become a minority owner with its $40 million investment.

      Formed last year, Google Capital has invested in only two other companies, SurveyMonkey and Lending Club.

      Renaissance Learning recently acquired Subtext, a K-12 e-reading platform, to complement its flagship Accelerated Reader program.

      Daily Tribune Media says Google was an early investor in Subtext, a partner in its Google Books platform.

      Google Capital executive Gene Frantz says the Renaissance Learning investment is just one example of an increasing trend for technology companies to embrace education.