First Bell 1-25-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The Obama Administration invents a right to wheelchair basketball," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Cutting to the chase," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

D.C.’s recent wave of school closures is only the start of a concerted effort to make the school district more efficient. (Washington Post)

The Obama administration announces that students with disabilities have the right to play school sports. What does this mean for districts? (Huffington Post and Flypaper)

The big winners to surface from the New York bus strike thus far? Taxi companies. (New York Times)

The Detroit Public School system, in an effort to clear their deficit and hopefully emerge from state control for the first time since March 2009, has announced twenty-three new school closures. (CBS Detroit)

The National Center on Education and the Economy’s Marc Tucker warns that we may “wake up one day to find that the executive branch of the federal government has become our national school board.” (Hechinger Report)

The coalition has suggested a set of common standards for “artistic literacy.” (Curriculum Matters)

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