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A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"Children's museums and social-studies mush," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

Yesterday, a nonprofit advocacy group charged the Chicago Public Schools with failing to provide disabled students with special-education services. (New York Times)

The second draft of the Next Generation Science Standards will be released later today. (Curriculum Matters)

A study finds that mandatory vaccination laws increase the rates at which students graduate high school. (Inside School Research)

In the face of a possible bus-driver strike, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has asserted that “his hands are tied” with regards to reinserting job-protection provisions into contracts. (NY Post)

Education Week looks at education issues on state lawmakers’ dockets this month, including a school-funding overhaul in Michigan, whether or not teachers ought to carry concealed firearms, and Indiana’s possible withdrawal from the Common Core. (Education Week and NPR)

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