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:
Shuttered Head Start Centers to Reopen, Thanks to Philanthropists

Houston-based philanthropists John and Laura Arnold have extended $10 million in emergency funding support to the National Head Start Association, which will in turn be used to reopen Head Start centers that closed, or were on the brink of closure, after the federal government shutdown cut off their funding. (Education Week) 

Study Finds Teachers Enthusiastic About Common Core
Nearly every teacher in the U.S. now knows about the Common Core State Standards, and 73 percent of math, English, science, and social studies teachers in states that have adopted them say they are enthusiastic about their implementation, according to a new survey. (Education Week – Teaching Now) 

27 struggling schools see improvement under state’s new rating system

St. Paul’s Humboldt High School landed last year on the state’s dreaded “priority” list, with student performance among the bottom 5 percent in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio) 

North Carolina:
Early colleges rank high in North Carolina education report card

Early college high schools partnering with NC New Schools dominated the list of high performing schools in a new report on the state of public education in North Carolina. (North Carolina New Schools) 

Put schoolchildren first

I am the parent of two Philadelphia public school children, and I have seen what happens when decisions about our children’s education are based solely on seniority in hiring and transferring teachers. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

View Point:
Washington’s Love Has a Price

When it comes to the federal government shutdown, K-12 advocates and reporters are having a tough time finding a good angle. The reality is that federal spending is only about a tenth of K-12 spending, and much of that money has already been allocated. That’s why most edu-commentary on the shutdown concerns the effects on Head Start, the service academies, and higher ed lending. Now, for what it’s worth, I wholly agree that it’s ridiculous and destructive that federal employees and those who depend on federal programs are caught up in this turbulence. (Education Week – Rick Hess Straight Up) 


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