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

Fordham's latest

"What We’re Listening To: Mike Petrilli and Josh Starr on Whether the Brightest Students Are Being Challenged," by Education Next, Flypaper

"MET: Now What?," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

In his inaugural address yesterday, President Barack Obama expressed plans to train more STEM teachers and improve school safety. (Politics K–12 and Answer Sheet)

According to newly released federal data, the U.S. high school graduation rate hit a 35-year high in 2010 at 78.2 percent. (Wall Street Journal and Washington Post)

The Netherlands Wikiwijs program, launched five years ago by the Dutch government, is a platform for teachers to access online education resources and share best practices. (Huffington Post)

On Friday, a federal appeals court upheld Wisconsin’s restrictions on public-sector unions’ collective-bargaining rights. (Wall Street Journal and School Law)

After its failure to build a new teacher-evaluation system cost NYC hundreds of millions in state dollars, a state education official has threatened to deny the city more than $1 billion more. (National Public Radio and New York Times)

Empower DC, a community organization, aims to sue Chancellor Henderson over D.C. school closures that “disproportionately affect black students.” (Washington Post)

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