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:
Teachers praise new standards for classroom learning

A large majority of K-12 teachers say that new learning standards now being implemented in most states will improve students’ thinking skills, a new survey suggests. (USA Today) 

Common Core and English-Learners: Teaching Math and Language
The Understanding Language team at Stanford University has just released its first major collection of common core instructional resources in math meant for teachers who work with English-language learners. (Education Week – Learning the Language) 

New York:
Charter backers reluctantly embrace idea of “Mayor de Blasio”

Next week, thousands of parents will flood the Brooklyn Bridge to rally in support of the charter schools that their children attend. It’s an aggressive — and divisive — approach meant to send a message to Democrat and mayoral frontronner Bill de Blasio, who says he wants to slow the growth of charter schools and charge rent to the ones operating in city-owned buildings. (Gotham Schools) 

Activists Call on Philly Schools to Limit Teacher Seniority

It’s been called the “nuclear” option. On Monday afternoon a coalition of education groups called on the Philadelphia School District to bypass negotiations and unilaterally impose new contract terms on the district’s teachers. (NBC Philadelphia)

Inquirer Editorial: Money isn’t everything
One silver lining of the crisis that Philadelphia’s schools have been staggering through has to be the activism it has generated for the proper education of the city’s children. (Philly Inquirer) 


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