First bell: 11-15-12

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

Fordham's latest

"The 10 fastest-gentrifying public schools in the U.S.," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Petraeus, Icarus, and education reform," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"3 lessons about curriculum and state Common Core implementation," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

Newark’s teachers approved a controversial contract yesterday that includes merit pay. (Wall Street Journal)

The federal Race to the Top competition for districts received 371 applications representing 1,189 districts. (Education Week)

Wall Street Journal op-ed points out the "suburban education gap" between top-performing American schools and the highest-performing school systems in other countries.

CNN.com op-ed examines how the “fiscal cliff” would impact education. 

The Iowa Board of Education is considering ways to improve teacher preparation in the Hawkeye State, including more rigorous student-teaching requirements. (Des Moines Register)

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