First Bell: 12-6-12

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

Fordham's latest

"College Board snags Gates veteran Stefanie Sanford," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Experts provide Ohio lawmakers with guidance on improving school funding and performance," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

The Hechinger Report looks at desegregation from the 1970s to the present and is disappointed.

Studies by Teach Plus and Education Sector find that teachers new to the profession tend to be friendly towards reforms, such as using student academic growth in evaluations. (Class Struggle)

With the switch to online standardized tests, schools will have to upgrade their computers. (Hechinger Digital)

The New York Times wonders if young Latino children might engage with literature more if they saw main characters of color.

On Wednesday, New York City’s schools chancellor cautioned that the teacher-evaluation impasse between the city and its teacher union is not overcome soon, principals across the city will be forced to make painful cuts to staff size, libraries, after-school programs, and more. (Wall Street Journal)

Politics K–12 poses five questions about District Race to the Top.

Florida releases teacher ratings—and promptly recounts. (Tampa Bay Times)

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