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

Fordham's latest

"A point-by-point rebuttal of today’s anti-Common Core op-ed in the Wall Street Journal," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"A school for the gifted: Menlo Park Academy," by Ellen Belcher, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Anthony Weiner made his first foray as a mayoral candidate in an education debate yesterday, where he argued that the debate over charter schools was emotional and “overblown” and blew off a question on whether Eva Moskowitz received “unfair special treatment” from Bloomberg. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

Among other things included in new legislation passed by Texas lawmakers and headed for the governor’s desk, state graduation requirements will be scaled back. (Star-Telegram and Curriculum Matters)

The nine California districts requesting a district-level NCLB waiver, known as the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), has revised and resubmitted their application. (Politics K–12)

A projected 63 percent of Chicago public school twelfth-graders will graduate this year, an increase from last year’s 61 percent and a continuation of a rising trend over the last decade; Mayor Rahm Emanuel has touted these figured as an indication that the district is on the right track. (Associated Press and Chicago Tribune)

The American Association of School Administrators has called for more time to implement Common Core standards, just a day after the Council of Chief State School Officers argued against a moratorium on stakes attached to Common Core–aligned tests and for “flexibility” instead. (Politics K–12)

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