Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
It’s really difficult to fire a bad teacher. A group of Silicon Valley investors wants to change that. (TIME)
Rumors have it that the U.S. Department of Education was set to release new proposed regulations this week requiring teacher-preparation programs to do a better job identifying weak programs. But they have yet to appear in the Federal Register. (Education Week)
School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. (Politico)
New York
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is leading his main opponent for re-election, GOP candidate Rob Astorino, by a huge margin, but apparently Cuomo still felt the need to dramatically distance himself from the Common Core State Standards in an Oct. 22 debate, telling the audience: “I have nothing to do with common core.” (Education Week)
A small New York City charter school opened five years ago with an attention-grabbing premise: Paying teachers $125,000 salaries would lure ace faculty and help poor children learn. (Wall Street Journal)


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