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 and Analysis:
Congress Won’t Reauthorize ESEA, So Netflix Will Do It For Them

After a great deal of promotion, Netflix last week released the drama series “House of Cards,” its first major original TV show. The political soap opera follows South Carolina congressman Francis “Frank” Underwood (Kevin Spacey, in a role he was born to play) as he and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) deftly maneuver Washington politics. (Education Week – Politics K-12)

Holding States and Schools Accountable
As Congress contemplates rewriting No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush’s signature education law, legislators will tussle over a vision of how the federal government should hold states and schools accountable for students’ academic progress. (New York Times) 

New York:
NYC outlines teacher training, evaluation goals

The city Department of Education has sent a letter to the state Education Department outlining its teacher training and evaluation goals and the steps it has taken to implement them. (Wall Street Journal) 

Rhode Island:
Senate considers Board of Ed nominees

Four nominees for a new state Board of Education face a confirmation vote Tuesday by the full state Senate. They have already cleared a vote by the Senate Education Committee. That committee is slated to take up the remaining seven nominees Wednesday. (Rhode Island Public Radio) 

View Point:
David L. Kirp: The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

What would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinventing the public schools we have. (New York Times)



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