First Bell: 12-4-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Bar exam for teachers," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Common Core Watch

"Inequality for All: The Challenge of Unequal Opportunity in American Schools," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Judge decides what “public education” is in Louisiana, and the public loses," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The most recent “Kids Count” report finds that nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither working nor in school; a program in Los Angeles aims to stop that trend. (Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times)

The Washington Post overviews the debate over informational texts in the English Common Core State Standards.

Last week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced that it planned to close another 27 schools—not due to lack of parental demand or quality, but a shortage of families who can afford tuition. (New York Post)

Research finds that repeating high school algebra does not seem to help students get back on the academic wagon, urging districts to take a data-centric approach to mapping course placement. (Curriculum Matters)

The New York Times publishes their take on Louisiana’s school-voucher battle, foreseeing more court cases to come.

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