First Bell 12-13-12

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

Fordham's latest

"A primer on right-to-work and collective bargaining in education," by Dara Zeehandelaar, Ph.D., Flypaper

"In ranking choice, little differences add up to big change," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Closing the reading gap with vocabulary and content," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

Congratulations to Florida’s new education chief, Tony Bennett! "We’re in big trouble," said Lisa Goldman, founder of Palm Beach group Testing is Not Teaching. (Huffington Post and Sun Sentinel)

A recent study from the National Council on Teacher Quality warns that many states’ teacher-pension programs stand on shaky legs. (Teacher Beat)

After successfully passing right-to-work legislation in Michigan, the law’s proponents are looking to replicate their success in other states. (Wall Street Journal and Washington Post)

E.D. Hirsch Jr. discusses the recently released (and abysmal) NAEP vocabulary results. (Wall Street Journal)

Curriculum Matters reviews trends in global STEM achievement since 1995, and reminds us that “nationality is not destiny.”

The well-regarded gifted-education program at Renzulli Academy in Connecticut will be replicated in three other urban school districts, with the support of the University of Connecticut’s Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. (On Special Education)

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