Lots of education news swirling around out there, so here are a few stories to keep you up to date as you enjoy your midday meal.
First, the great reporters over at WUNC have a few really interesting education stories up this week.
Dave DeWitt demystifies the complicated EVAAS system  for evaluating North Carolina’s teachers, which some say is a big fat secret in terms of how it truly measures whether or not a teacher is doing a good job.
DeWitt also has a story today about all of the various teacher pay proposals on the table  – and why merit pay plans may not work.
And WUNC’s Reema Khrais has fact-checked seven claims about the Common Core State Standards. See what she found here .
Kansas is having a rough week . Lawmakers took a page out of North Carolina’s book and decided enact a series of education reforms, including:
• Foster school choice by allowing corporations to receive tax credits for contributions to scholarship funds so children with special needs or who come from low-income households could attend private school.
• Make it easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights.
• Relax teacher licensing when hiring instructors with professional experience in areas including math, science, finance and technical education.
In Texas, a school teacher was suspended for being transgender .
And to end on a happier note, a couple of Guilford County Schools ranked pretty high in school rankings  released by The Washington Post. Penn-Griffin School for the Arts made it into the top 100, and Grimsely High wasn’t far behind at 128.