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

Fordham's latest

"How the Common Core changes everything," Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Pulling their punches: How Achieve's 'Expectations Gap' report falls short," Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"Won't Back Down," Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

The Obama administration announced $290 million in grants aimed at rewarding top teachers and increasing opportunities for those in schools serving low-income students. (Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he would remain in his role if President Obama is reelected. (Washington Post)

Education and civil rights groups in New York City filed a complaint alleging that the city’s most selective public high schools discriminated against Black and Hispanic students through their entrance-exam policies. (New York Times)

The parent-trigger film “Won’t Back Down” releases today and The Answer Sheet surveys the critical reception.

Brookings released a study yesterday finding that applying best practices from charter schools at low-performing district schools may boost student achievement. (Christian Science Monitor)

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