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

Fordham's latest

"The high-performing KIPP network of charters primed to expand in Columbus," by Kathryn Mullen Upton, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Secretary Duncan stepped back from the assertion he made last week that teachers were already receiving “pink slips,” claiming he misspoke and clarifying how he believes sequestration will impact education. (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Politics K–12)

A judge in Baton Rouge threw out Governor Bobby Jindal’s education-reform package, which had—among other things—ended “first in, last out.”(Huffington Post and Associated Press)

The Hechinger Report profiles the changing landscape facing the UFT.

A federal judge upholds Georgia governor Nathan Deal’s removal of two-thirds of DeKalb County’s school board. (New York Times)

California state education officials claim that the worst of the school-funding crisis is over, with the number of districts in danger of running out of money dropping by a third in the last year. (Los Angeles Times)

Following sequestration, the Pentagon will furlough around 15,000 military-school teachers and staff. (Wall Street Journal)

The data show that NAEP scores were weighed down by student absenteeism(Inside School Research)

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