Social networking soon could be used to help form a virtual community of campus educators charged with creating a national certification for teachers of remedial college courses, after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $12.9 million in new education technology funding for community colleges Dec. 3.

The funding will be spread through a host of higher-education programs, according to the foundation's web site--but a central goal will be boosting remedial education for students entering college without math and reading skills to meet basic requirements.

More than 60 percent of students in community colleges need some kind of remedial class--most often, math


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