A first look at today's most important education news:
Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who is perhaps the most powerful lawmaker with regards to education policy, will not seek re-election in 2014. (Politics K–12)
Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle are boycotting the state’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test; that boycott is spreading. See Mike Petrilli’s take on the issue. (Wall Street Journal, Answer Sheet, and Flypaper)
Last week, ProPublica unveiled a new collaboration with the social-networking application FourSquare: “Checking in” at a school will allow FourSquare users to view the school’s socioeconomic data. (ProPublica)
A survey conducted from June to October 2012 found that 87 percent of districts expect to “fully implement” Common Core standards by 2014-15. (Curriculum Matters)
The Washington Post overviews security measures that Washington-area schools have taken in the aftermath of Sandy Hook.