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:
Thinking Sensibly About Charter Schools

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a full-throated supporter of charter schools, of which there are about 180 in New York City. The debate over how the next mayor should handle charters has been part of the campaign from the very beginning. (New York Times) 

Fewer expulsions in D.C. public charter schools in 2012-13 year
The District’s charter schools expelled far fewer students in the 2012-13 school year than the school year before, but individual charters’ expulsion rates continued to vary widely, according to D.C. Public Charter School Board data released Tuesday. (Washington Post) 

How Does Common Core Compare?
A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the standards match those of countries like Singapore. (Huffington Post) 

San Francisco Touts Gains From Pre-K Program
Nine years after it began, one of the nation’s oldest city-run preschool programs—San Francisco’s Preschool for All—has significantly boosted minority enrollment in early-childhood education and made a marked difference in all participants’ numeracy, literacy and social skills, its administrators report. (Education Week) 

View Point:
View on Broad Prize’s Value Mixed Among Education ‘Insiders’

Education “insiders” are hardly of the same mind when it comes to their opinions on the Broad Prize, the $1 million sweepstakes that honors urban school systems that have demonstrated academic improvement. (Education Week – District Dossier) 


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