Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about gritty students.  Now grit researchers are turning their attention to teachers. In a study published in the current issue of the peer-reviewed journal Teachers College Record, University of Pennsylvania researchers Claire Robertson-Kraft and Angela Duckworth found that, for novice teachers in high-poverty school districts, higher levels of  “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”  (aka “grit”)  were associated with higher rates of effectiveness and retention. (Education Week)
Here’s news sure to trigger smiles among high-school students: The SATs are set for a makeover that may make the test easier. (New York Post)
The first phase of a multiyear evaluation of an instructional approach used by teachers with large numbers of English-learners in their mainstream classrooms found that literacy outcomes for ELLs improved, and their progress did not come at the expense of their English-proficient peers. (Education Week)
Teachers in Montgomery County have ratified a new contract that gives raises totaling 5.5 percent over three years, but it also requires educators to pay more for health insurance. (WAMU)
New Jersey
Some legislators have already made displeasure known – critics, union members, community organizers to be on hand. (NJ Spotlight)
New York
As a candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasio electrified crowds of parents and education activists with a pledge to charge rent to charter schools, one of the starkest policy departures from his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg. (New York Times)


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