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Wanted: Schools Chief Who Has Never Crossed de Blasio on Education NYT: Two weeks before he takes office, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has yet to pick a schools chancellor to carry out his education agenda in New York City.

New Mexico Teachers Resist a State Official’s Plan for Evaluating Them NYT: Many rank-and-file teachers view Ms. Skandera skeptically. She has never been a full-time teacher, and educators here echo what is a common criticism of such administrators: that she cannot fully comprehend the challenges they face, especially in a state troubled by deep poverty and other social problems.

Walton foundation pumps cash into vouchers Washington Post: The Walton Family Foundation is pumping $6 million into a Washington-based group that promotes private school vouchers in D.C. and around the country — a donation that it hopes will double the number of students using tax dollars to pay private school tuition.

Chancellor at University of California to Become Chief at Gates Foundation NYT: Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, will take the foundation’s helm in May.

School systems in S.C., Miss., Tex., Ky. and Ark. win $120 million in federal grants Washington Post: Five school districts won grants ranging from $4 million to $20 million as part of Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s signature competition for K-12 education, the Education Department announced Tuesday.

Study: 4 in 10 finish college where they start AP: The dire numbers underscore the challenges that colleges confront as they look to bring in more students and send them out into the world as graduates. The numbers also could complicate matters for students at schools with low graduation rates; the U.S. Department of Education's still-emerging college rating system is considering linking colleges' performances with federal financial aid.

Opponents To Challenge Calif. School Act NPR: Opponents of a new California law that aims to accommodate transgender students say they've gathered enough signatures to challenge it on next year's ballot. In August, Governor Jerry Brown signed the law requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and join the sports teams that match their gender identity.

Fla. School To Change Controversial Name NPR: A school board in Jacksonville, Fla., has decided that one of its schools should no longer be named after Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was also a general in the Civil War. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School received its name in the 1950s, and for decades the decision has been debated.

Harvard Student Charged for Bomb Threats That Cancelled Exams Atlantic:He works as a research assistant on campus, writes for the Harvard International Review, and dances with the Harvard Breakers. "In his free time, he enjoys playing pool, trying new restaurants, watching terrible cult films, and playing with his Mini Schnauzer puppy," it reads. 

Hearing attracts charter supporters, some who do not know what they are supporting WBEZ: Hundreds of charter school supporters packed a Chicago Public Schools headquarters room for a hearing Monday night that was scheduled to last four and a half hours. But some of the group’s supporters, wearing light blue “Concept Schools” T-shirts, did not seem to know what they were there for.

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