Here are some fun links to explore:
1. Education Reform Now (the 501c3 version of DFER) and the Education Equality Project teamed up to grade the 70-something gubernatorial candidates across the country. They gave the Republican candidate a higher grade in 15 states, the Democrat a higher grade in 4 states, and the independent candidate received the highest grade in one state (candidates tied in the rest of the races - and keep in mind that many candidates did not respond to the ERN/EEP questionnaire). Be sure to check out the criteria used. It ain't pretty. ERN/EEP gives, for instance, A's to AZ Governor Jan Brewer (!) and OR Republican candidate Chris Dudley.
2. The Pennsylvania School Board Association's Education Research and Policy Center released a white paper about charter/cyber school funding. I haven't had time to read it closely, but it looks like there's some interesting stuff in there.
3. Richard Rothstein penned an excellent response to the Rhee/Klein manifesto. It's a must-read.