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

Fordham's latest

"How poverty is like global warming (& other parting thoughts)," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"A race to the bottom for Indiana’s worst schools," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Fordham in the news: Charter school law and Ohio's brain drain," by Kevin Pack, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Under a budget that the New York Times dubbed “draconian,” Philadelphia’s public schools have pink-slipped 19 percent of their school-based work force—including all 127 assistant principals and more than 1,200 aides—leaving principals worried about who will “answer phones, keep order on the playground, coach sports, check out library books, or send transcripts for seniors applying to college.” (Education Gadfly Weekly and New York Times)

Newark’s schools superintendent calls for a new common application, meant to close the divide between the city’s charter and traditional public schools. (Charters & Choice)

Based on student test data released last week, 8 percent of the 10,544 New York City teachers were rated “highly effective,” 76 percent were rated “effective,” and 10 percent were rated “developing”; test data will only count for 20 percent of teachers’ overall performance ratings. (Wall Street Journal and New York Post)

In China, businesses are “swamped” with job applications from college graduates—but prospects are bleak. (New York Times)

On Friday, Chicago School District officials confirmed that it would lay off over 850 teachers and staffers at closing and turnaround schools. (Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Huffington Post)

Amidst fears of gang violence, Chicago has hired 600 adults to help get children to their new schools along “safe-passage routes.” (Fox NY)

The Hechinger Report profiles the new GED exam—and its stiff competition.

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