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

Fordham's latest

"The crowd-out effect of special education," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Repeat after me: Charters offer parents choices," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Here's one of the great things the Portland Public Schools are focusing on instead of the Three R's," by Tom English, Board's Eye View

As the Chicago teachers' strike enters its fourth day, both sides indicated significant progress has been made in negotiations. (Chicago Tribune)

The Boston Teachers Union reached a tentative deal with the district yesterday morning, ending twenty-seven months of often-contentious negotiation. (Boston Globe)

The Chicago Sun-Times's editorial board slammed Mayor Rahm Emanuel for making broad comparisons between the deal in Boston and the impasse in Chicago.

The New York Times reports that Emanuel’s push to add more charter schools in the Windy City looms over the strike.

The percentage of students passing Virginia’s new, more-rigorous math tests fell 19 points, the state announced yesterday. (AP)

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