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

Fordham's latest

"The grand slam for New Jersey charter schools," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"How the nonfiction backlash could derail Common Core ELA implementation," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

Stanford University study finds that students in New Jersey charter schools, on average, perform better than their peers in traditional public schools. (Huffington Post)

Thomas Friedman makes the case for his pick for Secretary of State: Arne Duncan. (New York Times)

Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools Kaya Henderson hopes that the buildings vacated by school closures will remain within the school system’s inventory, as opposed to turned over to the city. (Washington Post)

Parents and educators worry that Public School 114 in Queens, New York, which was submerged by floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy, has reopened too soon for comfort.(New York Times)

The Josephson Institute of Ethics finds that cheating, lying, and stealing among American high school students is on the decline for the first time in a decade. (Huffington Post)

Michigan pilots a Common Core-aligned standardized test, which students take online rather than on paper and is adaptive to each individual student. (Digital Education)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases their initial definition of college-readiness; the other assessment consortium, PARCC, had released theirs earlier this month. (Curriculum Matters)

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