First Bell: 8-17-12

A first look at this morning's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"Firing the Detriot school board may be good for the Motor City" Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Fordham working to improve our schools" Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

  • Entertainment Properties Trust, a specialty real estate investment trust explains why charter schools are big business. (Washington Post)
  • The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), a Chicago-based nonprofit group in charge of improving the results of classroom teachers has its dissenters, despite dramatic improvements in student achievement. (WSJ)
  • In a Senate committee vote in California yesterday, a bill aimed at enhancing teacher evaluations would effectively eliminate state requirements to use student standardized test scores to measure an instructor’s effectiveness passed. (LA Times)
  • The Detroit Board of Education voted in their first meeting last night to sue the state, shake up the district’s organizational chart and ensure that teachers get school assignments soon. (Detroit Free Press)
  • The superintendent of Houston County schools spoke out Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to charter independent public schools.(The Telegraph)
  • A vet­eran public school educator claims that what schools need is more vigor instead of rigor. (Washington Post)

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