First bell: 10-1-12

A first look at the most important education news from the weekend and this morning:

Fordham's latest

"Stop the presses: Board's Eye View says goodbye," Peter Meyer, Board's Eye View

"With near-monopoly power, two charter authorizers flout the law," Adam Emerson, Choice Words

Online schools now enroll more than 30,000 students in Ohio, more than twelve times the number enrolled in 2000 when the first virtual school opened. (Associated Press)

A New York Times editorial called for greater oversight of New York’s $2 billion preschool special education spending.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced a plan to reduce suspensions of black students in Oakland, California on Friday. (Ed Week—District Dossier)

Jay Mathews argues that education reformers contradict themselves because they promote teacher evaluations that the charter schools they also back often don’t use. (Class Struggle)

In a New York Daily News op-ed, Exam Schools co-author Jessica Hockett argues that New York City’s use of a solely test-based admission system for its selective public high schools means that “the five boroughs are the last bastion of the public 'exam school' in its most outdated form.”

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