First Bell 1-24-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Nixon, his staff, and the art of government reports," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"The right decision from Ball State," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

In a recent survey of education insiders, Whiteboard Advisors found that nearly two-thirds of their respondents were skeptical that the Education Department would make solid gains in teacher-preparation regulations this year. (Teacher Beat)

Colorado literacy teacher Jessica Cuthbertson urges her colleagues to see the potential in the Common Core to enhance English–language arts instruction. (EdNews Colorado)

According to the ACLU, more than 20,000 English-learners in 251 Californian districts are not receiving English-language instruction, as required under state and federal law. One of the districts named was Los Angeles Unified, which serves roughly 670,000 English-learners. (Learning the Language)

The Wall Street Journal profiles the evolution of tutoring, from primarily serving kids who can’t keep up to being used to rocket the brightest kids into superior college-admissions test scores.

D.C. Council members warn that the District’s traditional public school system will shrink significantly unless it can stem the outward flow of students. (Washington Post)

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