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

Fordham's latest

"Opening up the black box: Common Core as a classroom-level reform," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"What people are saying about Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century," by Michelle Gininger, Flypaper

"No choice for Alabama students," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The Hechinger Report provides a quick snapshot of reactions to the LA school board elections.

NBC Nightly News will take on the issue of race-based goals in states’ NCLB waiver plans. (Politics K–12)

On behalf of Amplify, News Corporation’s new education division, former chancellor of New York City schools Joel Klein has announced a new 10-inch Android tablet for K–12 students. (New York Times and Digital Education)

The Wall Street Journal profiles Oklahoma’s preschool program, which President Obama touted as a model.

A new project uses the profiles of famously gifted and creative folks, like Mark Twain and Woody Allen, to identify and support creative kids—in ways other than grade point average. (Inside School Research)

A report highlights the best practices of the YES Prep Charter School network. (Charters & Choice)

NPR looks at the slew of school closings in Chicago and wonders where kids in closed schools go.

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