Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff. (NPR)
As debate rages in Washington about whether a new K-12 federal education law should continue to require annual testing in math and reading, the nation’s second-largest teachers union has staked out a hybrid position. (Washington Post)
While stakeholder reaction to the No Child Left Behind Act discussion draft unveiled Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was fairly tempered, two very important Democrats voiced early concerns over what they consider a lack of accountability in the proposal from the Senate education committee chairman. (Education Week)
In Maryland, the pomp and circumstance of opening day at the General Assembly is over. Time will now tell how yesterday’s peaceful calls for bipartisanship will fare in the looming battle over the state budget. (WAMU)
New York
Lawyers representing the state, New York City, teachers and principals all urged a Staten Island judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure. (WNYC)


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