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

  • A Columbia University professor and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan bring combine hip-hop and science in New York City schools. (New York Times)
  • The Poverty and Race Action Council released a study suggesting that federal housing aid did not lead to low-income families to enroll their children in higher-quality schools. (Education Week)
  • The Hechinger Report and Times-Picayune take an in-depth look at Louisiana’s contentious new teacher-evaluation system.
  • The Washington Post compares D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plan to close twenty city schools with former Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s round of closures in 2008.
  • An analysis by the Education Department found that the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, which invested $3 billion into chronically underperforming schools, has had mixed results thus far. (Politics K-12)
  • The Alliance for Excellent Education reports four central challenges that public school district leaders will face within the next two years when bringing education technology into K-12 classrooms, a requirement of the Common Core State Standards, and implores them to “take a more deliberate approach.” (Huffington Post and Digital Education)
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