First bell: 9-20-12

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

Fordham's latest

"The fear factor: Merit pay with a punch," by Peter Meyer, Board's Eye View

A new Civil Rights Project analysis of ED data shows persistently high segregation in America’s schools. (New York Times)

Just how much the Chicago Public Schools conceded in negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union during the latter’s recent strike remains contentious, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund is in dire financial straits, an issue unresolved by the strike. (New York Times)

The struggle to include student achievement into teacher evaluations recently on display in Chicago is a national challenge. (Wall Street Journal)

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