First bell: 9-19-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Young, gifted, and neglected," Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"L.A. school board considers an irresponsible—and illegal—charter moratorium," Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Systems over substance: Why top-down teacher evaluation reforms are unlikely to boost student achievement," Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike that had shut down Windy City schools since last Monday. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The details of how the city will pay for the new contract, which includes pay increases, remain unclear. (Chicago Tribune)

Wisconsin’s attorney general asked the judge who struck down the state’s collective-bargaining law for a stay on his ruling as the state appeals it. (Wall Street Journal)

The Tennessee Department of Education fined the Nashville school district $3.4 million for denying a controversial charter school application.

Checker Finn argues for ending bias against gifted and talented education in a New York Times op-ed.

According to a Schott Foundation report released this morning, the high school graduation rate for black males increased in 2009-2010 but is still significantly lower than the rate for non-Hispanic white males. (Education Week)

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