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

Fordham's latest

"Setting the state stage for improved teacher preparation," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Flypaper takes first prize in the Education Writers Association’s annual contest," by Michelle Gininger, Flypaper

Suburban New Jersey community is divided over the idea of armed guards in their schools. (Wall Street Journal)

Key Republican congressional leaders start talking up school choice. (Politics K–12)

PARCC and Smarter Balanced, the two consortia tasked with building Common Core–aligned assessments, are reorganizing to ensure their long-term survival. (Curriculum Matters)

The Hechinger Report outlines how NYC teachers’ union dues are actually spent.

Advocates in New York are outraged about a new national database compiles students’ personal information for educational contractors. (Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News)

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