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

Fordham's latest

"Jeb Bush on education reform," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Think before you write special-education quotas into charter law," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity threatens to sue New York State for $5 billion in unfurnished funding to poor districts. (New York Times)

The Illinois House voted on Wednesday to extend CPS’s school-closing deadline by four months; school officials will use that time to consult with the community. (Huffington Post)

Class Struggle profiles Mike Petrilli’s The Diverse Schools Dilemma, which addresses the parenting styles of rich and poor families.

The Wall Street Journal discusses the Louisiana voucher case, which began hearing arguments on Wednesday. (Wall Street Journal and Associated Press)

The National Association of Charter Schools launches the “One Million Lives” campaign, which advocates shuttering failed charters. (Huffington Post)

Arne Duncan, during a speech at the Foundation for Excellence in Education summit in Washington, laid out his priorities for the second term, hinting at a Race to the Top–style teacher-prep program; but Teacher Beat is skeptical, while The Answer Sheet wonders why his remarks were vague. (Politics K-12, Teacher Beat, and The Answer Sheet)

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