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

Fordham's latest

"Collective impact of Tragedy of the Commons?" by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"The best bargain in American education," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Jessica Hockett, Flypaper

Education made an unexpected appearance in last night's presidential foreign-policy debate, with President Obama emphasizing the link between economic growth and science/math education. (The Hill)

Attorneys representing about two-thirds of Texas’s school districts in a suit against the state argued that the Lone Star State’s school-funding system is “hopelessly broken.” (Associated Press)

The New York Times profiles P-Tech, a Brooklyn public high school, which offers science-focused associate’s degrees to students who complete a six-year curriculum.

Teacher's strongly favor Barack Obama over his opponent, but aren't thrilled with the president's education policies. (Education Week)

The Wall Street Journal rounds up education initiatives on the ballot this election day.

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