First bell: 10-26-12

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

Fordham's latest

"The election contests that really matter," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"What's it mean to be 'educated'?" by Terry Ryan, Education Gadfly Weekly

"Indiana and the Common Core: Tony Bennett got it right," Flypaper

Florida Governor Rick Scott released a new education agenda yesterday aimed at increasing district flexibility and (possibly) funding. The plan would also lift enrollment caps on Sunshine State charter schools. (Tallahassee Democrat)

The Oklahoma Board of Education reversed itself yesterday and unanimously backed the approval of controversial school report cards that factor Academic Performance Index scores into ratings. (Tulsa World)

A state appeals court ruled that New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf can put caps on district superintendents’ pay. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Teachers in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park ended a one-day strike. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The Alabama Education Association is opposing an amendment that would scrub language providing for separate schools by race from the state constitution, arguing it would restate language saying that there is no right to a public education in the state. (Associated Press)

The Wall Street Journal honored Eric Eisner as an Innovator of the Year for his Young Eisner Scholars (YES) organization, which supports students in disadvantaged Los Angeles schools through their academic careers.

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