• Andy Rotherham: Much of ed technology amounts to distracting bells and whistles. (School of Thought)
  • Leonie Haimson lists seven reasons to be skeptical of MDRC’s small-schools report. (NYC P.S. Parents)
  • The founders of the city’s School of One launched a new nonprofit to keep it going. (Digital Education)
  • The nonprofit Advocates for Children of New York relaunched its website with a slick new look. (AFC.org)
  • If most students aren’t taking Regents exams this week, why do all high schools have off? (Insideschools)
  • A report from John Dewey High School’s early engagement meeting Wednesday night. (Ed Notes)
  • Mayor Bloomberg rejected calls, again, to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. (Politicker NY)
  • A parent wonders how his child can learn critical thinking when policymakers don’t do it. (GS Community)
  • The group Educators 4 Excellence asked city and union officials to settle on evaluations. (SchoolBook)
  • Teachers are floating ideas for educational innovation at EdCamp “unconferences.” (GOOD)
  • Photos prove that lots of Republican presidential campaign action is taking place in schools. (EdWeek)
  • Bill Gates endorses teacher peer review in his 2012 letter on his philanthropic activities. (Dana Goldstein)