Good morning sports fans. Er, um…

The extra job is killing my ability to blog.  The Hit Man lived up to his name this weekend, and it’s the Hit King’s birthday.  We lead off with making the e-rate a first-rate vehicle to deliver the tech goods.

E-rate: Alliance for Excellent Education calls on Feds to expand e-rate funding (T.H.E. Journal)  Basically the feds are being asked to update what e-rate funds can go for (T.H.E. Journal) “In particular, the FCC is looking for comment on how best to focus E-rate funds on broadband… to support internal WiFi connections….phas(ing) out support for increasingly archaic forms of voice services..” and possible funding of demonstration projects.

Blended Learning: getting to actionable data is a challenge (EdWeek)

Common Core: students are test-driving Common Core test questions.  And so can you. (Hechinger Report)

Teacher Quality: report from Center for American Progress shows impoverished students in LA and MA more likely to have ineffective teachers (Times-Picayune) The report raises all kinds of questions from self-selection to assignment decisions, to the expectations principals may have.

Dual Enrollment: Ohio bill would expand dual enrollment opportunities.  (Dispatch) Largely as called for by Gov. Kasich, the measure passed the House with some Democratic support and heads to the Senate. Related: Ohio gets a new state board of education member. (Plain Dealer)

Higher Education:  former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is in the hunt for two university presidencies. (Ideastream) He certainly has the skill-set needed for a modern university president.  He can raise funds and be the face of an institution very effectively.  His will be an effective seat at the table for a regional economic development agenda. However, I don’t see him having the respect of his peers (he doesn’t have a doctorate) or the NCAA (obv).  

BONUS LINK: apropos of sullied-but-revered Ohio sports figures, today is Pete Rose’s 73rd birthday.  Happy birthday, Pete.  I bet you enjoy it. Two notes of my personal history with The Hit King: I was at his first sports-card autograph session in Cincinnati, the promoters of which would help bring Pete down a few years later.  Also, I was at the ballpark the night this happened. No, not that park.  It was Cooper Stadium, watching the Columbus Clippers in the International League playoffs.