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

Fordham's latest

"A conflicted conservative and online learning," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Kasich's school plan is on the right track," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Educator evals, assessments, closures, and authorizing," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

South Dakota is the first state in the land to enact a law authorizing school employees to carry guns while working. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering removing the charter school cap in the state’s lowest-performing school districts. (Wall Street Journal)

UNO, one of Chicago’s biggest charter networks, will allow its teachers to unionize. (Chicago Tribune)

California plans to require “intern” teachers—who enter the profession via alternative routes—to take more training on instructing English-language learners. (Teacher Beat)

The Smarter Balanced consortium has begun pilot-testing the online software that will be used to deliver Common Core–aligned tests. (Digital Education)

Sarah Carr urges lawmakers to take a more holistic look when deciding whether or not to shutter a school. (Hechinger Report)

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