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:
Cunningham, Chief of Messaging, To Leave U.S. Dept. of Ed.

One of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s most trusted advisers is returning home to Chicago. Peter Cunningham’s last day is Nov. 30. His official title is assistant secretary for communications and outreach; in reality, he helped shaped the department’s—and Duncan’s—message and served in the secretary’s inner circle. (And, he’s quite the musician to boot.) (Education Week – Politics – K-12) 

No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Debate Likely To Continue In Obama Second Term
In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on the promise that his administration would oversee the rewriting of the expired No Child Left Behind Act. But four years later, education experts and legislators don’t see any end to the negotiations with and within Congress. (Huffington Post) 

Funding Rules Test Schools
The school district in this ranching community has long been among the poorest in the state—and it remains so, local officials say, even though an oil boom has sent property values surging eightfold in the past two years. (Wall Street Journal) 

Indiana School Voucher Program Enrollment More Than Doubled In Second Year
Enrollment in Indiana’s school voucher program has more than doubled in the program’s second year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. In the current 2012-2013 school year, 9,324 families signed up to participate in the Choice Scholarship Program, up from 3,919 last year. (Huffington Post) 

New York:
Report: Insolvency looms for NY school districts

More than 40 percent of New York school superintendents say they will be unable to balance their budgets within four years if obligations and income continue on the current path, and even more say they won’t be able to keep up with student instruction and services mandates. (Wall Street Journal)

Sources: Scandal-tainted Md. honcho named CFO of Philly schools

Matthew E. Stanski, who was chief financial officer with Prince George’s County, Md., schools until a payment scandal forced his removal in September, has been named the Philadelphia School District’s new CFO, district sources have told the Daily News. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 



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