First Bell 12-12-12

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

Fordham's latest

"School boundary fights," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"School re-districting in the name of diversity: A cure worse than the malady," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"First take on Race to the Top-District results," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

Yesterday afternoon, Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state. (Teacher Beat)

The Answer Sheet posts a list of headlines from various news groups on the international test scores (released yesterday), displaying disparate interpretations (Washington Post and Answer Sheet)

Arne Duncan picks sixteen winners of District Race to the Top to share $400 million. KIPP DC was among three charter organizations to win. (Politics K-12, Washington Post, and Answer Sheet)

Broadmore Middle School in Baton Rouge, in which one in four students couldn’t keep up in core subjects three years ago, now churns out top performers with the help of the “Diplomas Now” program. (Huffington Post)

pilot program providing teachers with more training, support, and leadership roles, tested in six low-performing Boston schools, saw a 13 percent jump in ELA test scores over two years. (Hechinger Ed)

A study by ACT Inc. finds that students who struggle academically early on are unlikely to catch up with their peers. (Inside School Research)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke yesterday at a Brookings school-choice event, where he called for real “equal opportunity” and bipartisan support of voucher programs (Huffington Post)

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