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

Fordham's latest

"Marco Rubio floats a federal tax credit scholarship," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Reese’s cups, cars, and college," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

The Campaign for Educational Equity reports that thirty-three New York schools lack basic resources. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

Randi Weingarten fleshes out her proposed “bar exam” for teachers in the Wall Street Journal.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools finds that the number of public school students enrolled in charter schools is growing. (Hechinger Ed)

Education Week posts an analysis of the District Race to the Top finalists and K–12 advocates’ lobbying efforts to avert the fiscal cliff.

Greg Harris, education activist and former critic of Michelle Rhee, will direct StudentsFirst Ohio. (Answer Sheet)

After eliminating nearly 100 teachers, a cash-strapped New Hampshire school district considers blended learning; not all are in favor. (New York Times)

The New York Post opines that the United Federation of Teachers’ opposition to any meaningful teacher-grading system renders New York state’s evaluation deadlines meaningless.

Faced with a projected budget deficit of $1 billion in 2013, Chicago Public Schools plans to close some neighborhood schools and open four new charters. (Chicago Tribune)

Next week, a federal judge in Texas will hear arguments on whether or not schools can track student attendance with microchips. (Wall Street Journal)

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