Every weekday, I am sharing the day’s most interesting education headlines. Read about and discuss the nation’s new common core curriculum standards, Hawaii’s second application for Race to the Top funds and the new performance-based pay contract D.C. teachers ratified this week.

  • The AP reported today on how the new Common Core State Standards should help prepare students nationwide for college and careers.

  • Hawaii submitted a second and stronger application for $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported today.

  • D.C. teachers ratified a new contract that includes additional pay for high-performance teachers, The Washington Post reported today.

  • This bears repeating (I posted it in my Twitter stream yesterday) since it casts an interesting angle on the above story, The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reported yesterday that Chicago’s teacher performance-based pay system didn’t actually work.

  • The Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi reported in May on a new high school graduate who would have dropped out of high school after 10th grade if it hadn’t been for a school administrator intervening.

  • On the other hand, Lisa Belkin at The New York Times’ parenting blog talks about how one mother encouraged her daughter to drop out of high school. The story puts the spotlight on the traditional educational “arc” in the United States.

What are your thoughts on today’s education stories? Discuss in our ongoing education conversation. For more education news updates throughout the day, follow me on Twitter: @ktpoy.

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