Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
Districts are experimenting with longer classroom hours—and surprisingly, students and teachers seem to love it. (The Atlantic)
Some of us have more toys and bigger homes than others. We all have a lot in common, but there are certain things that make us unique, too. Let’s talk about those things and celebrate them, even. (New York Times)
I am troubled by the escalating conflict that I see playing out in several places, including on The Sun’s op-ed page, between Baltimore City Transformational principals and the Coalition of Baltimore Public Charter Schools. Having been a principal and a board member of the coalition and now working to increase the number of high-quality school seats for all children, regardless of their address, in both traditional and public charter schools, I understand the perspectives of both sides. I have enormous respect for the leaders on both sides, who are doing great things for Baltimore’s children, and I know that the leaders on both sides care deeply about all the children in the city. (Baltimore Sun)
New Jersey
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., is introducing a bill Thursday that, in part, aims to increase school choice programs for students in military families and students with disabilities. (Education Week)
New York
Fans of the proposed contract for New York City teachers hail it as historic. Others see it as a missed opportunity. (Wall Street Journal)


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