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What We’re Reading roundup: “It’s a beautiful day” edition

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! Last week, we promised to bring back links roundups. Here’s the first one, as a token of our affection.

  • Was Carmen Fariña’s “It’s a beautiful day” comment her big Cathie Black moment? One teacher thinks so. (Chaz’s School Daze)
  • A teacher says he doesn’t mind using a personal day when schools are open for the people who really need them. (NYC Urban Ed)
  • A city teacher explains why he went into school in bad weather, despite having plenty of personal days to use. (B Niche)
  • A 2012 study found that snow days don’t hurt student achievement. (Answer Sheet)
  • Get inside the brain of a small-city superintendent who makes snow-day calls. (Time)
  • Two dapper teachers from a North Carolina private school delivered snow-day news by rap video. (Gawker)
  • Educators at the Young Girl’s Leadership School of Queens discuss the way they took a team approach when their new principal started. (New Visions)
  • DonorsChoose, the website that lets teachers crowdsource donations, is looking to play a broader role in improving education. (Fast Company)
  • Long Island principal Carol Burris says the Regents’ Common Core plan shows the need to make the board more transparent. (Answer Sheet)
  • A close reading of the New York Times’ take on Philly’s schools chief finds lots of essential facts missing. (City Paper)
  • New data show that schools receiving federal school improvement grants didn’t improve more. (Flypaper)
  • Here’s a report from inside the eye of the co-location hurricane in a Brooklyn building. (Inside Colocation)
  • Research out of Indiana sheds light on what happens to value-added ratings when tests change. (Shanker)
  • We laughed at this #eduvalentine. See the rest on Twitter and enjoy the long weekend!

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