It’s Ash Wednesday and to the disappointment of many, I am not giving up blogging for Lent.

Budget: Some views on the President’s FY 2015 budget proposal ( (Huffington Post) I can remember when a 2% increase in education funding would have led to marches on Washington, but then that was when we had a Republican in the White House. More here: Obama 2015 Budget Proposes ‘ConnectEDucators’ Grants, New Race to the Top Programs, State Ed Tech Directors (T.H.E. Journal)

Blended Learning: The Learning Accelerator announces grants totaling $2 million to 4 organizations supporting educators (TLA)

Calamity Days: West Virginia could end snow days with its digital learning initiative (Charleston Gazette)

Competency-based learning: University of Pittsburgh paper supports “potential breakthrough in academic institutions’ ability to better prepare their students for the professional world.” (Pitt News)

Deeper Learning: from the very smart folks at Getting Smart, a guide to which schools are doing it well and how they’re doing it (Getting Smart)

BONUS LINK: what is this Ash Wednesday thing really all about?  Video mashup explains all. (YouTube)