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

Fordham's latest

"A closer look at union strength," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"The Urban School System of the Future: Applying the Principles and Lessons of Chartering," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"The Diverse Schools Dilemma: On sale now!" by Pamela Tatz, Flypaper

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $500 million to repair schools and hospitals damaged by Superstorm Sandy. (Associated Press)

With the passage of I-1240, charter schools are now legal in Washington State. (Seattle Times)

Unions and education-reform advocates scored victories in state-level elections last week. (Education Week)

The list of D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is proposing be closed is expected to be revealed today. (Washington Post)

Despite voters' rejection of a merit-bonus system last week, Idaho schools chief Tom Luna plans to push for another pay-for-performance program for teachers in 2013. (AP)

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