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:
U.S. House Democrats: Sequestration Has Squeezed Schools

Remember sequestration, those 5 percent across-the-board cuts to federal programs that went into effect last March? These days, with the debt-ceiling debate and the shutdown sucking up all of the oxygen in Washington, it seems some in Congress may have pushed them to the backburner. (Education Week – Politics K-12) 

Maryland:
MarylandCAN: Listen to Baltimore’s best principals

Before they finalize the profile of the kind of candidate they are seeking for Baltimore City schools’ next chief executive officer, I would ask the school board to direct its search firm to aggressively solicit the input of every effective city principal. (MarylandCAN, Baltimore Sun) 

New Jersey:
Debate highlights Booker’s complex relationship with Newark Schools

Cory Booker couldn’t have summed up better his enigmatic role in Newark public schools than his response to a question about education at the U.S. Senate debate this week. (NJ Spotlight) 

North Carolina:
N.C. rightly resists lowering bar on tests

For a couple of years now, North Carolina has been playing an unfortunate game of follow the leader with Florida on education issues. Republican lawmakers swept through changes in 2012 under House leader Phil Berger’s deceptively named Excellence in Public Schools Act, which puts in place one mediocre or failed Florida initiative after another. (Charlotte Observer) 

Rhode Island:
Report: 95% of teachers highly rated; administrators disagree

The vast majority of Rhode Island teachers received high marks on their mandatory educator evaluations last school year, yet more than two-thirds of administrators admitted they gave a teacher a higher rating than they believed was warranted, a new report shows. (WPRI) 
 

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