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Lawsuit challenging teacher tenure, seniority protections goes to court next week EdSource Today: The trinity of teachers’ rights in California – tenure, seniority and due process in dismissals – will be under attack next week in a trial in Los Angeles with statewide impact and national interest.  

Surprising Test Results For Some Of The World's Richest Students HuffPost:  "At the top of the distribution, our performance is surprisingly bad given our top decile is among the wealthiest in the world," said Morgan Polikoff, a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Education who reviewed the data. See also.

NEA's $60 Million 'Great Public Schools' Fund Rolls Out TeacherBeat: NEA announces the first winners of its new fund for supporting local education projects.

Legalizing Marijuana: Will the Education Department Change its Anti-Drug Policy? PK12: Given all of this, a loyal Politics K-12 reader (also known as Michael Petrilli of Fordham fame) posed a very good question: What affect is all of this national discussion having on the messaging or actual policy from the anti-drug offices within the U.S. Department of Education?

What's the future of privacy in a big data world? PBS NewsHour: How do we weigh the appeal of these devices against their potential to intrude into our lives? We're joined by Jules Polonetsky, executive director of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank that promotes responsible data practices, and Adam Thierer, senior research fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

More news below (and throughout the day via @alexanderrusso).

Are E-Books Killing Reading For Fun? NPR: Americans are reading differently than they used to: more e-books, more audio books and young people choosing not to read at all. Guest host Celeste Headlee looks at this country's changing reading habits with Pew Research Center's Kathryn Zickuhr and librarian Elissa Malespina.

Erased Answers on Tests in Philadelphia Lead to a Three-Year Cheating Scandal NYT: Answer keys were passed to students. Principals doctored answer sheets. At some schools, teachers and administrators gathered to change test answers. The episode in Pennsylvania has again raised questions about standardized testing.

Cuomo Sweetens Pre-K Deal: ‘Whatever’ Mayor Needs NYT: After Mayor Bill de Blasio rebuffed his proposal of $1.5 billion for prekindergarten education, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered New York communities a blank check.

 Columbine High Takes Precautions After Threats NYT: Columbine High School, where 13 people were killed in a shooting in 1999, was sealed off for several hours on Thursday after receiving three phone threats, school and law enforcement officials said.

Days after the snow, school delays continue Washington Post: Several suburban public school systems will open two hours late on Friday because of icy roads and frigid weather. “Since the temperatures will be about the same as [Thursday] morning, we wanted to err on the side of caution,” said Max Pugh, a spokesman for Prince George’s County schools.

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Re: Pre-K in New York City: it's hard to see why Albany should be allowed to oppress NYC, or hold back a city that has just voted to tax itself. While I have expressed skepticism about President Obama's plan to have universal pre-K in the United States, largely because I doubt the federal government can efficiently administer such a programme when it is already doing a roughly disastrous job with elementary and secondary education (witness its inability to agree on a rewrite of NCLB in spite of that law's being seven years past its expiration date), I don't doubt the value of early childhood education -- my own son was in school by age three, and I would support public funding for families that can't afford it here in Orange County. New York City is roughly comparable to a county, and its local initiatives should not be restricted by ambitious politicians in the state capital.

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