The Quality Counts report is out from EdWeek.  Some gains seen in achievement, not much closing of the achievement gap, and many states taking steps backwards in funding. My home state of Ohio holds steady with a C. It remains to be seen what effect Common Core will have. 

Spotlight on Blended Learning.  From The Atlantic, a look at blended in Huntington Beach, California, with a very challenging population to serve.

Virginia TV station pitches in for tablet drive.  School receives $1000 for tablets. 

Texas fund-raising campaign brings in $13,000 for elementary school iPad mini purchase. 

Tennessee launches “reverse-transfer” policy to boost degree completion.  A student who left community college to transfer to a 4-year program without attaining an associate’s degree may be eligible for one now. 

Well, never mind: from Harvard, we learn that perhaps the degree is doomed, anyway. 

What effect will President Obama’s “Promise Zones” have on education?  Probably not much.  

BONUS LINK: this video from the 1985 is interesting to watch now.  I would have changed the channel back in the day, however.  From the Miami Vice soundtrack, even though, for some reason, the video is shot in Manhattan. Smoking in public.  No Smartphones. The Twin Towers.