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What We’re Reading: The big questions Vergara didn’t tackle

  • Pundits weigh in on Vergara v. California’s central question: Does teacher tenure help or hurt kids? (Room for Debate)
  • The expert whose estimate of ineffective teachers made the Vergara case says he made the number up. (Slate)
  • One take on Vergara: Tenure laws might not make much sense, but neither does firing lots of teachers. (Atlantic)
  • A satirical take on charter school lotteries has New York City administering poison pills to most applicants. (The Onion)
  • The states that have cut education spending the most were the ones spending the least to begin with. (FiveThirtyEight)
  • New York City is among school districts that have turned to “hackathons” to inspire changes. Here’s a look. (EdWeek)
  • A new-generation version of the classic science television show “The Magic School Bus” is headed to Netflix. (InsideTV)
  • Interviewed about the Common Core, New Orleans students say they don’t know much about the standards. (Hechinger)
  • Here’s a map of all 74 school shootings that have happened in America since Newtown, the latest this week. (HuffPo)
  • Still, the big picture is that schools have gotten safer, not more violent, over the last two decades. (Vox)
  • After two rounds of admissions lotteries, 2,500 incoming D.C. students still don’t have a school. (Greater Greater Ed)
  • A Philadelphia school saw student misconduct drop by 60 percent after choosing “restorative justice.” (American Prospect)
  • The surprise unseating of U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor has implications for education-related legislation. (Politics K-12)
  • Dave Epstein: Kids should play kids’ sports, not junior versions of professional athletics. (New York Times)
  • Congratulations to the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. (Notebook)