First, Matt Ladner over at Jay P. Greene’s blog has an interesting post about the future of Catholic schools.

Second,  if you read one article about education reform this week, check out Standford Economist Rick Hanushek’s piece in the Wall Street Journal on the “War on Teachers” (SPOILER ALERT: there isn’t one). His book, Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses:  Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America’s Public Schools,  is a good introduction to his work both shooting down the “more money means more achievement” belief and explaining the ways the composition of the teaching force could be improved.