First bell: 10-19-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Chartering the future," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"A new business model for Catholic schools amid tough times," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"The Hangover: Thinking about the Unintended Consequences of the Nation's Teacher Evaluation Binge," by Pamela Tatz, Education Gadfly Weekly

The development and proliferation of “Smart Drugs” are raising ethical and medical questions about chemically improving student achievement. (Education Week)

The Los Angeles Times sued the Los Angeles Unified School District for access to its teacher ratings. (LA Times)

New commercials opposing education reforms in Idaho suggest the state superintendent wants to “treat children like widgets.” (Spokesman-Review)

A Texas judge ruled that a group of cheerleaders in the Lone Star State are allowed to display Bible verses on banners at public school football games. (New York Times)

A Wall Street Journal column ridicules changes to gifted education in the Big Apple.

A new study finds a correlation between a child’s brain development and parental income and education levels. (Huffington Post)

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