• Gov. Cuomo’s ed commission released its initial recommendations. (GothamSchoolsPostWSJTimes)
  • One idea — district consolidation — has been tried often, but is usually unsuccessful. (Times Union)
  • The Post praised the commission, but says the next step is to keep costs down and secure union support.
  • Students displaced by Hurricane Sandy returned to their regular school buildings Wednesday. (NY1)
  • Cuomo said it’s the city and union’s fault if no evaluation deal is in by Jan. 17. (Daily News, Schoolbook)
  • Dennis Walcott says that a bus driver strike remains possible because of an ongoing labor dispute.
  • Leaders at one Indiana school are struggling to keep pace with required classroom observations. (AP)