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:
With ‘reconstitution,’ D.C. officials hope for school turnaround

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson called it a “fresh start” and a “momentum-shifter” for Cardozo Senior High last month when administrators removed nearly half the staff at the school. (Washington Post) 

Texas: State Tests for Graduation Cut to 5 From 15
Gov. Rick Perry on Monday signed a bill that will reduce to 5 from 15 the number of standardized tests that Texas high school students must pass to graduate. (New York Times) 

High-Tech Cheaters Pose Test
As computer-based testing becomes more common across the country, cheaters and those trying to prevent it are going high-tech. (Wall Street Journal) 

Obama Fills Civil Rights, General Counsel Posts in Education Department
President Barack Obama today tapped Catherine E. Lhamon, who spent a decade working for the American Civil Liberties Union in California, as the assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education. (Education Week – Politics K-12) 

New York:
Race Is on to Ready Teacher Evaluations in New York City

Administrators and teachers in New York City have just three months to adapt before the expectations of a new teacher-evaluation system kick in. (Education Week) 

Video: Money for prisons, not schools, in Philadelphia

Nearly a billion dollar in cuts in Pennsylvania’s education budget has trickled down to Philadelphia, where 23 schools have been closed and nearly four thousand district workers have received pink slips. Still, the state has $400m for a new prison complex. Chris Hayes talks with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (MSNBC)


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