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A first look at today's most important education news:

A judge in Madison, Wisconsin ruled unconstitutional laws that gave the governor authority to approve or strike education policies. (Associated Press)

The number of homeless students in Tennessee public schools jumped 74 percent between 2007 and 2010. (Associated Press)

A new ad from President Obama’s presidential campaign warns that Mitt Romney would make “catastrophic cuts to education.” (PolitiFact)

North Carolina’s gubernatorial race could reshape education in the Tar Heel State through the new governor’s authority to appoint school-board members.

Outside donors are spending big money on a school-board election in New Orleans. (Education Week)

EdSurge founder Betsy Corcoran asks if there is an education-technology bubble forming. (All Things Digital

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