Proficiency-based Education, or Competency-Based Learning, makes strides in New England. From Harvard and Yale to the Boston Public Schools, from Horace Mann to WGBH (Boston’s PBS affiliate), in so many ways, New England has had an outsized influence on education movements in the US.  Here’s hoping the trend continues.  Because, when I think of seat-time education, I think of this.

Catholics split over Common Core I can tell you from first-hand experience that this is a debate that is raging among superintendents and bishops but is not consuming the rank-and-file or parents.  That’s largely the case everywhere with Common Core.

In Connecticut, schools get digital learning initiative grants. $24 million for a state 3/8 the size of Ohio shows just how big a commitment Ohio’s $250 million Straight A Innovation Fund truly is.

On another Core front, CCSS supporters want POTUS and EDSEC to MYOB given that this was a state-led initiative, there has been ingrained resistance for decades over Federal control of education, and the President’s approval ratings are approaching Nixonian levels, it’s best for Core supporters if these guys find something else to talk about.

Opinion: College-For-All Model Isn’t WorkingTo bolster the claim, the author lauds the P-TECH partnership, among others.  I am a strong believer in this model but to claim that it is “less than” college is a bit condescending and reveals the elitist disdain which buried career-oriented training for decades in the US. When they say “college for all” isn’t working, they really mean “bachelor’s degree for all” isn’t working.  Community colleges are colleges, too.  

In LA, teachers frown on iPad rollout. Administrators continue to favor.

BONUS LINK- if you’re not a college football fan, you can skip this one.  If you are a college football fan, bear this in mind during the next month of punditry from the “Worldwide Leader.”