First Bell: 12-5-12

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

Fordham's latest

"A call for quality charters," by Parker Baxter, Choice Words

"Thank you, Diane Ravitch, but...," by Peter Meyer, Flypaper

"Ohio's school rating overhaul," by Aaron Churchill and Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

After piloting the Common Core State Standards, Chicago’s low-income Philip D. Armour Elementary School sees far-reaching improvements in student achievement. (Huffington Post)

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation awards $25 million to seven cities, aimed at improving the relationship between charter and traditional public schools. (New York Times)

Michigan governor Rick Snyder’s education proposals, which aim to remove “district ‘ownership’ of a student” and centralize power over low-performing schools, is already drawing fire. (Education Week)

The Los Angeles school district files a court brief contending that the tentative teacher-evaluation agreement they reached with the teacher union includes standardized test scores; the details, however, remain unclear. (Los Angeles Times)

Jay Mathews ponders Andy Smarick’s prescription for urban school districts through the lens of the D.C. schools. (Class Struggle)

Google granted $5 million to fund AP STEM classes in more than 800 public high schools, with a focus on drawing more female and minority students. (Curriculum Matters)

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