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From this week’s New Yorker.

BEST OF THE WEEK

NYT: How Hillary Clinton Went Undercover to Examine Race in Education http://ow.ly/WO3yX

Marketplace: Out of public housing, and hoping for something better http://ow.ly/WO3m2

NYT: NJ School District Eases Pressure on Students, Baring an Ethnic Divide http://ow.ly/WO4aB

EdWeek: Newtown Families, Teachers’ Unions Applaud Obama’s Actions on Guns http://ow.ly/WO3gx

American Prospect: New Education Law Sparks Civil Rights Concerns http://ow.ly/WO0sX

US News: Kindergarten Today Looks Like First Grade a Decade Ago http://ow.ly/WO3vL

FROM “THE GRADE”

Fortune Chronicles Big Business’ Roller-Coaster Common Core Relationship

Don’t Fall For Easy Catch Phrases Like “Race To The Bottom” 

Lots Of Unknowns Accompany New AP Education Team Announcement 

KICKER

Marin County journalism teacher launches YouTube sitcom, ‘Rich Bay High’ http://ow.ly/WO6Op 

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.