Recess round-up: August 18, 2010

A daily dose of education news around the nation – just in time for a little mid-day break!

Community colleges: In Boston, some students are burning the midnight oil in an attempt to move from a job to a career.

(Inside Higher Ed)

Insider’s guide: HerCampus is a collegiette’s guide to campus life. (WomenRising)

EduJobs: Despite last week’s federal legislation that will give states $10 billion to preserve teachers’ jobs, some school districts are reluctant to spend the money right away. (The New York Times)

Stay or go? Sam Chaltain, a Washington, D.C.-based educator and strategist, discusses whether the District of Columbia would be better off with or without Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee come this fall. (The Washington Post)

Technology: Former Govs. Jeb Bush and Bob Wise launched the Digital Learning Council today to develop a set of best practices for digital education that states would then be encouraged to adopt. (Education Week)

Reform: Twenty years after the landmark Kentucky Education Reform Act was adopted, Gov. Steve Beshear convened community forums throughout the state to discuss ways to improve public education. (Courier-Journal

Higher ed: A $420 billion industry. Diane Rehm talks with two professors about tenure and whether everyone should go to college. (WAMU via National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities)

No more books: Some schools in Wisconsin are ditching textbooks for “netbooks.” The mini-laptop computers will save the schools money over the long term and spare kids the aching backs. (Sheboygan Press)