Friday's ed news:
1. View an interactive map of graduation rates  by state and ethnicity.
2. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell suggests increasing teacher pay 2 percent  in exchange for lengthening the time it takes a teacher to get tenure.
3. A legislative audit predicts the Common Core will cost Kansans $34 to $63 million  over the next five years.
4. A streaking teacher's firing  indicates the power of New Jersey's new tenure law.
5. Outgoing Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett discusses his move to Florida .
6. A Kansas efficiency task force calls for reviewing union contracts .
7. Connecticut trades No Child Left Behind for school grades .
8. West Virginia's deeply underfunded teacher pensions mean it must devote millions of dollars to the past , shortchanging the future, write Charleson Daily Mail editors.
9. Linda Darling-Hammond, who dislikes using tests to measure teachers, has been elected chair of California's teacher credentialing commission .
10. A literacy professor lists his top five myths about the Common Core .
Thurdsay's ed news:
1. View the top five news media hits and misses on 2012 education stories.
3. "The most secure way to predict whether an educational policy is likely to help restore the middle class and help the poor is to focus on the question: "Is this policy likely to translate into a large increase in the vocabularies  of 12th-graders?" writes E.D. Hirsch.
5. States have $325 billion in unfunded teacher pension liabilities- -the difference between what teachers will get and what states have saved to pay them.
6. Mississippi lawmakers start talking education  with scores of parents and tea partiers, and they want school choice.
8. Kansas' board of education unanimously approves keeping cursive  in state schools.
9. RiShawn Biddle picks the top eight education reform books  of 2012.
10. New Jerseyans question state education grants made by a private foundation .
Wednesday's ed news:
2. Hundreds of apps promise to help children learn but have no basis in research or teaching experience , says a new report.
3. An Arizona legislative panel voted to support the state's tax-credit-funded vouchers .
4. An Idaho school district is in hot water with citizens after secretly giving a superintendent $220,000  to leave.
5. The latest national test scores show no average improvement in reading, but do demonstrate students with vocab power perform better .
6. This article summarizes recent state unrest about adopting the Common Core .
7. Georgia schools the state rates A or B will be given freedom to govern themselves  as long as they meet curriculum requirements.
8. Kansas legislators consider allowing concealed carry on campus .
9. A Republican candidate for Montana superintendent  may have won election, but she won't know because she can't pay for the recount.
10. Nashville's school board decides not to sue the state over funds the state withheld because the board refuses to consider charter school applications .
Tuesday's ed news:
3. Bill Ayers  gives lefties education advice.
4. The New York Times holds a symposium on the Common Core education standards  two years after nearly all states passed them.
5. A second attempt to pass a bill that would let schools fire teachers who molest students  will indicate how brazen California's teachers union will be about owning the state legislature, says Mike Antonnuci.
6. Education advocates' slogan, says Rick Hess: "Screw the kids, let's keep borrowing ."
7. Fifty-nine illegal residents  avail themselves of in-state Rhode Island tuition.
8. A New Jersey school district agrees to let homeschool students play public school hockey .
9. Tennessee has no idea how effective its teacher training programs  are.