Lisa Gibes is 50CAN’s vice president of strategy and external relations. She lives in San Francisco, CA.

Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:

News & analysis:
Is Performance Pay Back on the Front Burner?

There must be something in the water: Performance pay, after going through a fallow period following a 2010 study that found few effects on student learning, all of a sudden seems back on policymakers’ radar screens. (Education Week – Teacher Beat) 

New Superintendents in Clark County, Nev., and Boston
Three leaders in notable U.S. school districts named new leaders or inched closer to hiring one this week, filling just a few of the many vacancies at major districts across the country. (Education Week – District Dossier) 

Losers In Chicago School Closings Target Elected Officials
A day after school officials approved shutting down 50 schools, the Chicago Teachers Union and community activists say they’ll hold a voter registration and education campaign. The union is agitated that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, school board members and some lawmakers failed to listen to parents, teachers and others who called for the schools to remain open. (NPR) 

New York:
Weiner Calls for Less Testing, Supports Space Sharing with Charters

Anthony Weiner does not oppose co-locating charter schools in the same buildings as regular public schools so long as there’s space. This was one point he made during an in-studio interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer on Thursday, in which education was one of a handful of issues discussed. (SchoolBook) 

View Point:
The Meaning of Neighborhood Schools

We tend to think of neighborhood public schools solely in terms of how successful they are in teaching the basics. So when test scores show that they are not achieving that goal, they are written off as failing. (Education Week – Walt Gardner’s Reality Check)


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