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

Fordham's latest

"The open-source school district," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"District replacers, drama standards, and cranky composing," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Fixing pell grants," by Jane S. Shaw, Flypaper

Christine C. Quinn, a New York City city-council member and mayoral candidate, proposes a plan to provide more gifted-and-talented spaces for children and relax admissions standards. (New York Times)

A new study argues that only students headed into STEM careers need advanced algebra. (Wall Street Journal)

Education Week profiles the deepening rifts and unusual alignments between actors in the education-policy sector.

Starting in 2015, the ACT will be offered as a computerized exam. (New York Times)

A report finds that teacher pay took a hit during the recession and its aftershock. (New York Times)

After the story of Kiera Wilmont (a sixteen-year-old expelled and charged with felonies for a science project gone awry) went viral, scientists have come to her defense with stories of their own failed experiments. (Miami New Times)

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