You only need one link today to tide you over, and here it is:
2011 Year in Review
Teacher issues, politics and blogs and a general compendium of everything educational.
UPDATE: You also need to peruse the annual Quality Counts Report, released this week. Offers information on state rankings and how the country is doing in education. I take this with a HEAPING boulder of salt. Georgia, for example, ranks 7th in standards (a 79.7%) but falls far short of actual achievement. So Georgia can make the table look pretty, but the food never appears. Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
Oh, and to quote Mark Twain: There are lies, damn lies, and statistics. So tread cautiously.
Also, you will need something to eat; I made this, and it is DELICIOUS.