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

Fordham's latest

"Sorry, Dr. Ravitch, but voucher transparency still exists in Washington," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The Wall Street Journal reports that Tuesday’s election reveals an American public fragmented over education policy.

As of this morning, the results of Washington State’s charter-school vote are still unclear; if the state does pass the law, it will become the 42nd to allow charter schools. (Associated Press)

Reuters points to ed reform losses in Indiana (where reform-minded state superintendent Tony Bennett was unseated by union-supported Glenda Ritz), Idaho, and South Dakota (two states in which voters rejected education-reform packages) as signs that teacher unions won the night.

A week and a half post-Sandy, students whose schools remain closed have been squeezed into packed schools all over the city. Transportation hitches and new-school blues ensue. (New York Times)

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a group of roughly half the states that plan to implement the Common Core, has set a definition of what it means to be “college ready.” (Curriculum Matters)

Politics K-12 lays out five issues that Arne Duncan will have to face in a second term: waivers, Race to the Top, NCLB reauthorization, fiscal issues, and the Common Core.

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