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:
Details Trickling Out on Latest NCLB Waiver Bids

With the addition of three longtime holdouts to the list of states seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, nearly every state has sought to design its own accountability system to replace the outdated federal law. (Education Week) 

‘Sequester’ Adds to Districts’ Budget Uncertainties
Even as they seek to quantify the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts on K-12 programs, some of the nation’s neediest school districts are bracing for tough choices. (Education Week) 

Bill increases time required for teacher tenure
Public school teachers might have to wait a couple years longer to acquire tenure rights if a bill proposed in the Alaska House is passed. (SF Gate) 

New Jersey:
Spotlight Interview: Former Gov. Thomas Kean Talks Education

Former Gov. Thomas Kean Sr. has never really left the education conversation in New Jersey – he just maybe stepped back a little. Since leaving office more than two decades ago, the man who enacted the state’s first salary minimum for teachers and created the Education Opportunity Fund for college students has obviously kept himself busy in other fields like health and homeland security. (NJ Spotlight) 

New York:
Panel Rejects Proposal to Stop School Closings

A city panel on Monday night rejected a proposal to stop city-mandated school closings in a tense, often raucous meeting, effectively putting any hopes of reversing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s education policy into the next mayor’s hands. (New York Times) 

Rhode Island:
Providence Is Top City in Contest of Ideas

When Angel Taveras, the mayor of Providence, R.I., got wind of a lucrative contest among mayors over ideas for improving their cities, his mind turned immediately to children. (New York Times) 


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