First Bell: 1-3-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Gifted students have ‘special needs,’ too," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

The New York Education Reform Commission releases an initial slate of recommendations, which includes expanding pre-k, introducing “bar exams” for teachers, and lengthening school days and years. (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Post)

Teach for America is fast becoming a popular career move for would-be finance and management professionals. (New York Times)

The Huffington Post, after reviewing several studies on volunteerism among young people, concludes that compassion can and should be taught in schools.

Many teachers are uncomfortable with technology and, as such, leave it out of their instruction—disadvantaging their students in turn. (Digital Education)

House Republicans have made their picks for the Committee on Education and Workforce in the new Congress—with Indiana represented quite heavily. (Washington Post)

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