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AM News: Transition to Common Core Sparks Florida Dispute

Common-Core Deal in Florida Sparks Legal Feud EdWeek: If the implementation of the Common Core State Standards is an opportunity for government and the private sector to work together toward a mutual goal, a bitter dispute in Florida over a website planned to prepare teachers and students for the standards is proving the messy realities of what can happen when government agencies and private companies can't get along.


Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses NYT: These massive open online courses, or MOOCs, harness the power of their huge enrollments to teach in new ways, applying crowd-sourcing technology to discussion forums and grading and enabling professors to use online lectures and reserve on-campus class time for interaction with students.

L.A. School First in KIPP Network to Embrace Blended Learning EdWeek: At KIPP Empower, that model calls for kindergartners to spend roughly 11 percent of their extended, 8½-hour school day working on reading or math exercises on a laptop computer.

L.A. Unified student stores feed appetite for alternative lunches LATimes: Unlike the Los Angeles Unified School District's cafeterias, which are managed by its food services department, the more than 160 student stores on middle and high school campuses have a bit more autonomy. For students, the stores provide an alternative to the cafeteria food one sophomore described as "meh" and a junior called "crazy healthy." 

Student Mobility, Open Enrollment Regardless Of Residence Key To Ohio School Community HuffPostEdu: Perry has long attracted pupils through open enrollment, which allows families to apply to public schools other than the one they live in. Getting in largely depends on space. According to a report on student mobility released last week, Perry had the largest percentage in the state of open enrolled pupils in the 2010-11 school year. 

What's The Big Idea? Pentagon Agency Backs Student Tinkerers To Find Out NPR: "We're thinking about this as the shop class for the 21st century," says Saul Griffith, a MacArthur genius grant recipient whose San Francisco engineering firm is helping to launch the high school hackerspaces.


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