Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis:
The idea that parents have no control over where their children go to school is unthinkable. The public school education system currently in America is exactly that. Children must go to a school based not on choice, but on five numbers-their zip code. (Townhall)
The Common Core State Standards are in place in forty-five states—and in many of those jurisdictions, educators are hard at work trying to bring them to life in their schools and classrooms. (Fordham Institute)
Amid a developing backlash against fast-paced, state-mandated education reforms, Maryland school officials want to delay the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers for three years. (Baltimore Sun)
New Jersey
In an unprecedented move, Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has asked Christie administration to waive seniority rules that dictate how planned teacher layoffs in the state-run district are to be conducted. (WYNC)
Public schools and colleges will get more money next year under the budget plan Gov. Chris Christie proposed Tuesday, but it won’t be much more, and many of the increases are targeted to specific programs. (Press of Atlantic City)
New York
Chancellor Carmen Fariña gave some big hints about how the city will be handling the Common Core, co-locations, and gifted policy to parents in Far Rockaway on Monday night. (Chalkbeat)
One of the biggest questions surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for a higher income tax to pay for more prekindergarten seats in New York City is whether he could create enough seats to justify the increase. (New York Times)


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