News from New York:

  • Lawmakers are still discussing privacy for teacher ratings but are hung up on the specifics. (Post, Times)
  • Mayor Bloomberg says he thinks the ratings should be open to the whole public, not just parents. (WSJ)
  • StudentsFirstNY and Democrats for Education Reform are teaming up as an advocacy supergroup. (Post)
  • Michael Winerip: Efforts are underway to curb EMS calls by city schools with unruly students. (Times)
  • The city has kept six teachers on desk duty for years because it isn’t allowed to fire them. (Daily News)
  • One of 16 teachers the city wants to fire says he made a comment that was misunderstood. (Daily News)
  • Another of the teachers presented a picture of Joel Klein with kids on his lap as a defense. (Times)
  • A court ruled the city must rehire a dean it tried to fire for assaulting two middle school students. (Post)
  • Advocates say they are worried that turnaround will cause high school overcrowding. (Daily News)
  • Whether the schools removed from the turnaround roster will get extra help is unclear. (GothamSchools)
  • Fewer students were suspended in the last six months than during a similar period in 2010. (Post)
  • The state’s casinos and racetracks generated 28 percent more for schools last year. (Post, Crain’s NY)
  • Kindergarten wait lists hold 2,600 children at 125 schools this year. (GothamSchools, Post, SchoolBook)
  • The Daily News says Chancellor Walcott has an uncertain legacy but a strong start after one year.

And elsewhere:

  • Rural Texas school districts are so strapped that they are cutting essential services like busing. (Times)
  • Several Chicago parent groups say the city juked evidence for its extended day initiative. (Sun-Times)
  • D.C.’s four-year high school graduation rate rose to 59 percent last year. (Washington Post)
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie outlined his arguments for tenure reform and charter schools. (Star-Ledger)
  • One of three finalists to head schools in Charlotte, N.C., could lose a job in Memphis soon. (Observer)