TIME.com -- For some guidelines about what parents can expect and tips on how to get the most out of a visit, I asked teachers, school administrators and national education leaders -- including Arne Duncan and Michelle Rhee -- about what they consider a reasonable standard of openness and what advice they would give to parents.
How much does the difference in charter school funding between states matter to high-performing charter schools? In this analysis Chris Lozier and Andrew J. Rotherham use actual financial data from a California charter management organization to estimate how the network's finances would be affected if it operated in different states. The analysis looks at funding in more than 20 states to examine how much the variance works in practice.
TIME.com -- For a deeper look at what educators might be able to learn from pro football, I talked with Tim Daly, a leading education reformer and president of the New Teacher Project, which trains teachers and conducts research and policy analysis, and his brother Brendan Daly, a former teacher who coaches the defensive line for the St. Louis Rams.
TIME.com -- All the new governors (29), state education chiefs (18 new ones elected or appointed since November), and state legislators (nearly 1,600) mean things are more fluid in the states, where teacher tenure is becoming a major flashpoint.