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

Fordham's latest

"Top Ten Takeaways: Common Assessments (Part 1 of 2)," by Andy Smarick, Common Core Watch

Yesterday, the House passed legislation—mainly along party lines—to stop a doubling of student-loan interest rates by tying rates to prevailing market trends and ending federal subsidies. (Politics K–12 and New York Times)

Rhode Island has become the first state to officially adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. (Curriculum Matters)

After Chicago announced that it would close fifty public schools, the CTU renewed its promise to oust Mayor Emanuel. (Huffington Post)

The Hechinger Report profiles the transition to Common Core in Washington, D.C.

A team of MIT researchers report that Boston’s charter school students perform better than their traditional public school peers. (Charters & Choice)

A study finds that minority students are less likely to be diagnosed with autism. (On Special Education)

Politics K–12 takes a closer look at the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 school-finance data on per-pupil spending.

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