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

Fordham's latest

"Maintenance of inefficiency," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Is grit enough?" by Robert Pondiscio, Common Core Watch

Texas plans to ask the Department of Education for a No Child Left Behind waiver. (Austin American-Statesman)

The Answer Sheet highlighted the education elements of President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last night.

On the first day of school in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was a “disgrace” that he had been prevented from closing twenty-four low-performing city schools last spring. (New York Daily News)

Top Ohio legislators told the Columbus Dispatch that plans to create a new school-rating system should be put on hold pending the findings of an investigation into attendance-data tampering.

The Chicago Public Schools released a list of 144 schools that will be kept open for half days if the district’s teachers strike on Monday, providing food and shelter for around 150,000 of the district’s more than 400,000 students. (Chicago Sun-Times)

A Los Angeles Times op-ed claimed that Mitt Romney’s “radical” education plan could “completely transform” who governs and funds public schools.

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