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

Fordham's latest

"What's more powerful than Hurricane Sandy? Hurricane Randi!" by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

The California Department of Education stripped nearly two-dozen schools of their API rankings following reports of cheating among educators. (Huffington Post)

An Idaho judge ruled the nonprofit behind $200,000-worth of ads supporting schools superintendent Tom Luna’s education reforms must disclose its donors. (Associated Press)

Hurricane Sandy closed down thousands of schools along the Atlantic seaboard yesterday and today. (Education Week)

A Washington Post op-ed criticized President Obama’s promise to recruit 100,000 more STEM teachers for focusing on inputs rather than outputs.

New York City will stop giving preference to siblings in gifted admissions. (New York Times)

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