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

Fordham's latest

"12 key takeaways from the national charter schools conference," by Michelle Gininger, Flypaper

Last week, the Oregon Legislature approved a proposal that would allow students to attend college now and pay the state later. (New York Times)

One piece of the Obama administration’s new guidelines on planning for emergencies at schools has caused some anxiety—specifically, the idea that school employees should try to fight an intruder if given no other option. (Education Week)

As of July 19, Joanne Weiss will vacate the role of Arne Duncan’s chief of staff, to be filled by Uncommon Schools’s Emma Vadehra. (Politics K–12)

At the last day of the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference, a panel of charter and district leaders cited a focus on kids as the key to charter-district collaborations. (Charters & Choice)

According to the New York Post, NYC’s “transfer” high schools saw more students drop out than graduate in the 2011–12 school year.

The National Education Association’s new policy statement on digital learning criticizes online-only instruction. (Digital Education)

Insurance carriers are threatening to raise premiums on or revoke coverage of schools that permit employees to carry guns. (New York Times)

NPR’s Morning Edition looks at the Common Core in the context of the old state standards.

The New York Times runs through the laundry list of education-policy challenges awaiting NYC’s next mayor.

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