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

Fordham's latest

"3 common-sense ideas for improving special education in Ohio," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Districts could save $10 billion, improve results, by shifting special-education staffing to the national median," by Ty Eberhardt, Flypaper

The Chicago Teachers Union reaffirmed a Monday, September 10, strike date. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Arizona’s governor and superintendent of public instruction announced an initiative yesterday to explain to the public what transitioning to the Common Core will entail. (Arizona Republic)

The Hechinger Report interviewed Michelle Rhee about the Democratic Party’s direction on education.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s task force on reducing education bureaucracy released recommendations yesterday, including using online learning for students with long absences. (The Record)

A LA Times editorial argued that the transfer of many private school students to public charters is good for American education while a New York Daily News column warned that charters cannot be allowed to “cannibalize the private sector.”

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