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:
Calif., Texas, and N.C. Districts Tapped As Broad Prize Finalists

The four finalists for the 2013 Broad Prize in Urban Education are the Corona-Norco and San Diego school districts in California, the Houston Independent School District, and the school system in Cumberland County, N.C. (Education Week – District Dossier) 

Tentative Hawaii Pact Would Finalize Evaluation System
After months of wrangling, Hawaii’s statewide school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative deal on a teacher contract that establishes a new teacher-evaluation system and increases wages for the state’s teachers. (Education Week – Teacher Beat) 

Study Finds Large Pre-K Impact
New findings by Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Christina Weiland, Ed.M.’08, Ed.D.’11, and Professor Hiro Yoshikawa were released today in the journal, Child Development, showing that Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) prekindergarten program is substantially improving children’s readiness for kindergarten. (Harvard Graduate School of Education) 

Montgomery schools, unions support bill postponing reform of teacher evaluation

School administrators and teachers unions from Maryland will testify Wednesday in favor of a bill that would postpone state reform of teacher evaluation systems. (Washington Post) 

New Jersey:
Options Open on Camden

Gov. Chris Christie said Monday his administration could take over the public school system here in as little as six to eight weeks, but what state control would look like in one of New Jersey’s most impoverished urban centers remains unclear. (Wall Street Journal) 

View Point:
Consider the Value Proposition for Teachers

We know that effective teaching is the single most important in-school factor for improving student achievement. It follows that attracting and retaining excellent teachers will improve district performance. How will your district attract these high performers and get them to sign on … and stay on? By raising teacher salaries? It’s not that simple. (Education Week) 


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