Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
South Carolina has announced plans to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two consortia developing tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. (Education Week)
A new study finds that when kindergarten teachers expose young children to advanced content in math and reading, the kids perform better at elementary school later on, regardless of their economic background. (Medical News Today)
New York
New York’s teachers get an A grade — for lobbying. The state and city teachers unions spent a combined $4.8 million trying to influence legislation in 2013 — tops in the state, according to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. (NY Post)
The state teachers union got a new president and issued a long-threatened attack on the State Education Department during a dramatic meeting in New York City this weekend. (Chalkbeat)
P.S./M.S. 149 and a Charter Run by the Success Academy Charter Schools Lie at Heart of Battle (Wall Street Journal)


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