5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deasy Resigns From LA – Cortines Named Interim

Reaction to Deasy resignation as polarizing as his tenure #LAUSD http://wp.me/p2fzpD-7Rn 

LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg

State Education Funding Lags Behind …

Regents’ Approval of Standards Could Help Oklahoma Regain NCLB Waiver

Now that Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education have given its standards the OK, the Sooner State has suddenly found itself in a position to regain NCLB flexibility.

Charts: School Budgets (& Jobs) Still Not Where They Used To Be

My sense is that 260,000 jobs is a drop in the bucket compared to jobs lost in the overall economy, but not if it's your job that's been cut:

The graph (used with permission) is from a a US News …

Charts: Children’s Education Costs Have Risen From 2 Percent To 18 Percent

Sure, over all childrearing costs 25 percent more than it used to (in constant dollars), notes Vox.  But childcare and education costs have risen 800 percent. Two-parent families don't spend that much more than single-parent families. Rich families spend …

Contested Tenure, Pay Law in Louisiana Upheld on Appeal

The state’s supreme court reversed a lower-court ruling, allowing a 2012 revamping tenure and pay rules to stand.

Morning Video: New Report Highlights District-Based Testing/Test Prep Practices

Here's the video from CAP's event, during which you'll find out about CAP head sending her own kids to DCPS schools, plus link to the new report (Testing Overload in America’s Schools):

Basically, the report focusing on 14 districts …

Quotes: Hillary Clinton Talks Education Equality

You should not have to be the grandchild of a president to get a good education, to get good healthcare… Let’s make sure we give every child in Pennsylvania the same chance that I’m determined to give my granddaughter. – …

AM News: States, Big-City Superintendents Pledge To Reduce Overtesting (Plus Deasy Departure)

School standardized testing is under growing attack, leaders pledge changes Washington Post: The standardized test, a hallmark of the accountability movement that has defined U.S. public education since 2002, is under growing attack from critics who say students from pre-kindergarten to …

How Would Some Experts Design K-12 Accountability From Scratch?

State tests would be less frequent and assessments would incorporate a lot of performance tasks, in an imaginary 51st state.

These Horrible Coin Problems (And What We Can Do About Them)

From Pearson’s Common Core Algebra 2 text (and everyone else’s Algebra 2 text for that matter):

Mark has 42 coins consisting of dimes and quarters. The total value of his coins is $6. How many of each type of coin …