A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

"Is Arne Duncan serious about preschool…or not?," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Welcoming Teach For America another step forward for Cleveland Metropolitan School District," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

In what Politics K–12 dubbed a “predictable party-line vote,” the Senate Education Committee sanctioned Senator Harkin’s NCLB-reauthorization proposal; both Senator Harkin and Senator Alexander want to see the bill reach the floor of the Senate. In the meantime, House Republicans have filed their own bill. (Politics K–12 and Washington Post)

After a swell in the number of Americans graduating from college, the share of the nation’s population with college degrees has hit an all-time high. (New York Times)

Eva Moskowitz argues that suspensions are sometimes necessary in order to build a positive, safe school environment. (New York Post)

Anthony Weiner, former U.S. Representative and current NYC mayoral candidate, indicated support for a form of merit pay for teachers. (Wall Street Journal)

Now that NYC finally has a new teacher-evaluation system, administrators and teachers have three months to figure out implementation. (Education Week)

Following the passage of a new law allowing charter schools in New Zealand, an undisclosed number of charters will break ground in 2014–15; thus far, thirty-five proposals have been submitted to the Education Ministry. (Charters & Choice)

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