The weather outside may become frightful , so be sure to stock up on all the essentials.
Once you’ve gotten that out of the way, be sure to follow my colleague Sarah Ovaska , who’s tweeting away at the Virtual Charter School Study External Working Groups  meeting at DPI. Representatives from K12, Inc. and Connections Academy, two for-profit companies that would manage taxpayer-funded online schools, are talking about their products and giving demonstrations of the virtual classroom experience.
As background, read Sarah’s story from last week  about K12, Inc. Connections Academy is another company run by education giant Pearson that hopes to tap into North Carolina’s public education funding.
While you’re huddled around your fire, furnace, or game of Catan tonight (you need to get this game asap if you don’t have it), you might want to check out President Obama’s State of the Union address. He’s expected to propose pre-K expansion , but not clear is where long-term funding will come from. And be sure to scan the audience for NC Teacher of the Year Karyn Dickerson , who’s a guest of Sen. Kay Hagan.
Finally, you’ve probably heard that the legendary Pete Seeger has passed on to the other side after spending 94 years with us. What a life well lived as someone who was “an inconvenient artist who dared to sing things as he saw them,” said President Bill Clinton.