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Not a hot time for school news. Over at the P-I, Joel Connelly takes a look at UW Prez Mark Emmert's complaints that the legislature

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Not a hot time for school news. Over at the P-I, Joel Connelly takes a look at UW Prez Mark Emmert's complaints that the legislature gutted the UW this year--resulting, of course, in big tuition increases. It'll be the first time in state history, Emmert notes, that tuition moneys will exceed state contributions. Then local advocacy non-profit Tech Alliance says that Washington ranks last among its peer states in technology-related graduate programs. (A commenter to the story implies that Washingtonians don't have it so bad; Oregon's graduate programs, he says, are "TURD-WORLD QUALITY".)

Meanwhile, on the high-school front, Wednesday's School Board could mark the end of the big math-book battle. Basically, half the School Board and, says Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, all the school principals like the "Discovering" textbook series (Discovering Algebra, Discovering Geometry), which embraces the "discovery approach" to math and relies more heavily on classroom teaching and activities.

On the other hand, some math teachers, the state Board of Education, and noted weather guru Cliff Mass aren't so hot on it, as they argue it doesn't make formulas clear or provide students the opportunities to practice their skills. Mass even made a YouTube video advocating against it. The narrator uses way too much inflection to be a computer, but I still suspect he's a computer. Maybe he's just using too much vocoder like Kanye.

 
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