Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
The nation’s major teachers unions suffered losses across the country Tuesday, despite pouring about $60 million into federal, state and local races in the midterm elections. (Washington Post)
When I tell people that I spent my summer creating a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards, I invariably get a quizzical look. In the often heated national debate over the Common Core, opponents have cast the standards as a threat to teacher autonomy and students’ intellectual creativity. The result is a public perception that there is very little wiggle room for teachers in choosing what to present in their classrooms. My experience as a lead lesson planner reveals that perception to be a false one. (Education Next)
Minneapolis officials say they’re taking action to balance needs with abilities. (Star Tribune)
New Jersey
As NJ moves to Common Core, marginal changes are good news, some states see ratings plummet. (NJ Spotlight)
Education was a big issue this election cycle, and last night’s results were particularly significant for two big school districts: Philadelphia and the District of Columbia. (Education Week)


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