First bell: 10-17-12

A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"I'm going to need a bigger mallet," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"Head of the Common Core grownup table," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Education is not on the ballot," by John Horton, Flypaper

President Obama referred to the widespread adoption of the Common Core under his administration during the presidential debate last night. (Huffington Post)

Florida Governor Rick Scott called on the state board of education to change its controversial strategic plan, which calls for different proficiency goals for students of different races and ethnicities. (News Service of Florida)

Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Barbara Mikulski penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed defending single-sex education.

A legislative committee in Utah plans to discuss a bill that would require the state to develop a sex-education training program for parents. (Salt Lake Tribune)

1.45 million education blogs were pulled offline after publishing giant Pearson filed a takedown notice with the blogs’ hosting company over copyrighted infringement. (PC Mag)

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