On Race to the Top:

  • Nine of the 10 winners are in the middle of competitive executive races. (Eduwonk)
  • Could the winning states have been chosen for political reasons? (Center for Education Reform)
  • Surprisingly, California, Colorado, Arizona, and Louisiana went home empty-handed. (Politics K-12)
  • With all the leadership change possible, how can we know states will follow through? (Rick Hess)
  • Mike Petrilli calls the results “a disastrous outcome for the Administration.” (Flypaper)
  • What Governor Paterson really said, with video. (WNYC’s The Empire)

And in other news:

  • How to use parent volunteers to fill the gaps left by budget cuts. (Insideschools)
  • On the many ways schools juke their test score stats. (NY Mag)
  • John Merrow’s fans aren’t happy that he’s okay with L.A.’s value-added score release. (Taking Note)
  • A new study rates NYC as a top school reform city. Albany is near the bottom. (Fordham Institute)
  • A California charter school advocate says Los Angeles gives charters second-tier space. (L.A. Times)
  • Three of the nation’s five most expensive public school buildings are in Los Angeles. (HuffPo)