First bell: 9-25-12

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

Fordham's latest

"The twilight of the unionized charter," Adam Emerson, Choice Words

College Board announced that only 43 percent of students who took the SAT graduated high school prepared for college.

Teacher unions have taken the unlikely step of backing GOP candidates in some state elections. (New York Times)

Representative George Miller warned Education Secretary Arne Duncan that states with NCLB waivers aren’t being held accountable for maintaining high standards for graduation. (Politics K-12)

A new National Science Teachers Association poll found that the Common Core is impacting instruction in science classrooms. (Curriculum Matters)

Prosecutors will not file criminal charges against former Ohio Superintendent of Schools Stan Heffner, who resigned last month amid allegations of unethical conduct. (Associated Press)

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