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October 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Morning round-up: Community colleges experiment with math instruction, big changes in Memphis

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Community colleges aim to make math less intimidating (The Atlantic): From statistics to quantitative reasoning, community colleges around the country are trying out new ways to help students make a quick transition out of remedial math.

Trial begins in Seattle Public Schools financial scandal: Former SPS official Silas Potter Jr. testified against his alleged co-conspirator David A. Johnson in King County Superior Court on Monday. Johnson is charged with 42 counts of theft in the financial scandal that cost former superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson her job in 2011.

Doctors urge parents to limit kids’ screen time (Associated Press): The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy calling for no more than two hours of media consumption for entertainment purposes and keeping smartphones and laptops out of kids’ bedrooms. Heavy use of social media and other online entertainment has been linked to a range of school problems, the report says.

Military families find stability, flexibility in homeschooling (Education News): Children of active military personnel typically face frequent moves to new learning environments. Is homeschooling the answer?

Looking back on Seattle’s school integration experiment (KUOW): Part of its ongoing series, “Black in Seattle,” KUOW recounts the district’s 21-year busing program, which was ruled unconstitutional in 2007.

Teachers, parents reflect on big changes in Memphis (The Hechinger Report): More charter schools, a new teacher evaluation system and decentralized control are just a few of the sweeping changes taking place in Tennessee’s largest city.

Blended learning gets positive reception in rural Idaho (Education Week): But a majority of teachers say they have yet to test out the model, which couples online-based learning with traditional classroom instruction. The biggest barriers? Time, technology, training and administrative support.

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