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:
What Do Tuesday’s State and Local Elections Mean for K-12?

Colleague Andrew Ujifusa kept you up to date over at State EdWatch on the key state and local elections that were decided last night. And over at District Dossier, colleague Lesli Maxwell tracked the Boston and New York City mayoral elections. What does all this mean for K-12? (Education Week – Politics K-12) 

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich
“There aren’t many things that are more important to that idea of economic mobility — the idea that you can make it if you try — than a good education,” President Obama told students at the State University of New York in Buffalo in August. (New York Times) 

Colorado Rejects Move for Schools as Casino Fails in Massachusetts
Colorado voters on Tuesday rejected one of the most sweeping school-financing measures in the nation this year, according to The Associated Press, deciding that the promise of smaller class sizes, full-day kindergarten and smarter education spending was not worth the price of a tax increase. (New York Times) 

New York:
Voters bet on casino future

New York voters on Tuesday backed a controversial amendment to the state constitution that would allow the development of seven new resort-style casinos, starting with four upstate — including one in the greater Capital Region. (Times Union) 

Andres Alonso would be a great choice to lead NYC schools
Rumors are flying that Andres A. Alonso, until last June CEO of the Baltimore schools, is the frontrunner to become NYC chancellor if Democrat Bill de Blasio, as seems likely, wins the mayoralty in November. I have known and observed Dr. Alonso closely over the last six years, first as a member of the Baltimore school board that hired him and second as a policy analyst and writer on urban school reform. And it’s hard to imagine a better choice for New Yorkers. (Fordham Institute – Flypaper)

De Blasio studying up on Weingarten for schools chancellor
Bill de Blasio is considering hiring teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten as the next NYC schools chancellor, sources tell me. (New York Post) 


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