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January 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Daily round-up: Slow web connections disrupt learning, German schools offer classes in Islam

Slow web connections disrupt learning around the country (The Wall Street Journal): As more and more districts pass out iPads to students and develop online coursework, schools across the nation are testing the limits of their Internet connections. The typical school has the same speed as the average U.S. household, according to the Obama administration.

Some California schools criticized for being charter in name only (The Hechinger Report): Until recently, charter schools in California received public funding equivalent to the state’s average per-student financial allotment. Some say this has caused many schools with below-average funding to convert to charters for a funding boost.

German public schools offer lessons in Islam (The New York Times): Primary-school students in Germany’s Hesse state now have access to optional classes in Islam, part of an effort to make the country’s growing Muslim minority more integrated into German society.

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