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AM News: Showdown Looming Over LA School Board Control

Four L.A. school board members likely to face reelection challenges LA Times: A majority of the Los Angeles Board of Education is up for reelection this spring, and all four are likely to face challengers based on the election filing period that closed Saturday. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: StudentsFirst Claims 86 Pct Win Rate For Bipartisan Mix Of Candidates

Here's @StudentsFirst's self-rep 104-race $2.2M '14 tally http://ow.ly/DYSdi [You're next, @FiftyCAN @DFER @Stand4Children @LEE_National!] Teachers spent $100M says WSJ's @allysiafinley http://ow.ly/DZ02z [but most of it wasn't on education...Show More Summary

Quotes: Old Playbook Not Working Anymore, Says Defeated CA Candidate

The old playbook of...'Things are fine in our schools, we just need more money' — that’s not going to work for long... People want to be inspired, motivated and excited. -- Marshall Tuck on his close loss for California state superintendent of education (Politico)

Charts: Younger People Want To Spend On Jobs & Schools More Than Older

ICYMI from Vox: Young people [blue bars] want to spend money on jobs and schools. Of course, the young are likely to be in school and/or contemplating having kids in school.

Crosswords: NYT Puzzle Lists "NEA" As Answer To "Common Core Org."

Thanks to Martin West and Morgan Polikoff (among others) for noting that the correct answer to the NYT's 40D question "Common Core org." appears to be "NEA." No word yet on whether the union is demanding a correction. Image courtesy...

Philanthropy: Have Big Funders (Like Walton & Gates) Overtaken Think Tanks (Like Brookings)?

The Washington Post's latest big piece on the influence of philanthropic funding focuses on think tanks. Titled Who funds the new Brookings?, the piece suggests that the new funding has likey had an impact on think tanks' research agendas if not their conclusions. Show More Summary

AM News: Dissecting California's $30 Million Showdown (Torlakson v. Tuck)

Torlakson talks Democratic divisions, teacher tenure, Inglewood Unified KPCC: “I think this election was more about getting someone who could continue the momentum forward, doing some exciting and historic changes to education in California,” he said. Show More Summary

Quotes: How Can Democratic Midterm Defeat = Reform Victory?

It’s hard to believe a huge outpouring to defeat Obama – arguably the most powerful force ever to push for “education reform” – is somehow a resounding call for more education reform. - Jeff Bryant (The Coalition For An Education Agenda Just Isn’t There, Yet)

Thompson: Klein Book Exposes Klein's Flaws & Failures In NYC

Anyone seeking to understand the failure of Joel Klein to improve New York City schools should carefully read Alexander Nazaryan's latest article in Newsweek, Joel Klein's Book on American Schools Tries to Find a Way Forward. Even though...Show More Summary

Events: Yale 2015 Conference Going "Back To Why"

Here's the promo card for the spring 2015 version of the annual Yale event, which is notable mostly for the headline: "Back To Why: Education At Its Core," and its subhead, which is about the need to "refocus on the purpose and outcomes of education reform." Interesting, right? Or am I making too much of it?

Morning Video: Midterm's Big Winner? $6.5 Billion In Spending

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive From The Daily Show. Money wins! Warning NSFW language from Jason "Money" Jones.

AM News: Democrats -- Not Unions -- Lost In Midterms, Say Teachers Unions

Teachers Unions Say Midterm Losses Don't Reflect On Them HuffPost: Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, told The Huffington Post that she sees the election results differently -- and does not understand how Democratic reformers could possibly claim they were a success. Show More Summary

Journalism: Sometimes Education Writer Steven Brill Launching A New Endeavor

Steve Brill, the cigar-chomping, Tab-drinking journalism enterpreneur who sometimes writes about education issues, is starting a new longform investigative journalism endeavor that isn't necessarily focused on education issues but could imaginably be a place for school stories to find a home. Show More Summary

Quotes: New Yorker Slips Anti-Reform Straw Man Into Teacher Training Column

Some educational reformers in the United States insist that we don’t need to worry about training: firing all the bad teachers would be enough. - James Surowiecki (Getting Better at Getting Better)

Media: Rounding Up The 2014 Midterm Roundups

Media outlets and think tanks and advocacy groups all have roundups of last night's elections out -- most of them saying much the same things. But who's is the best? Teachers Unions Take Huge Beating in IL & elsewhere, notes Politico Pro - But Common Core oppo looms in AZ, GA. Show More Summary

AM News: Unions Win CA, PA But Lose Elsewhere (IL, MI, RI, WI)

Torlakson wins superintendent race EdSource Today: Tom Torlakson has won a second term as state superintendent of public instruction. The 65-year-old incumbent defeated Marshall Tuck 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Show More Summary

Maps: Poor Minneapolis Neighborhoods Get Least Effective Teachers

The largest concentration of underperforming teachers in Minneapolis tend to be in high poverty neighborhoods - and the district claims not to have known the extent of the problem, reports the Star-Tribune (Teacher performance in Minneapolis). Read more about it here. Read about the responses in the MinnPost (Unpacking the Strib's teacher-eval story). Image used with permission.

Thompson: Gates Scholar, Tom Kane, Continues the Fight to Prove He Is Right

Tom Kane’s Climate Change and Value-Added: New Evidence Requires New Thinking, in Education Next, continues his recent, obsessive meme. Kane keeps arguing that he was right and those who oppose value-added evaluations are wrong. Kane starts by criticizing the polarization of the debate over value added. Show More Summary

Quotes: Cincinnati Record Suggests Conversion To "Community Schools" May Not Be Enough In NYC

What has gone largely unsaid is that many of Cincinnati’s community schools are still in dire academic straits, according to an analysis by The New York Times, despite millions of dollars in investment and years of reform efforts. - Javier Hernandez in a 2013 NYT article Pondiscio posted on Facebook in response to De Blasio school turnaround announcement.

AM News: All Eyes On California (Plus Pennsylvania & NYC, Too)

California’s biggest race will surprise you: It’s for state school superintendent WashPost: Perhaps the most important — and definitely the most expensive — election in California on Tuesday is the down-ballot battle for state school superintendent. Show More Summary

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