First Bell 1-30-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Ohio's charter law remains a laggard," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Gov. Cuomo warns the NYC teacher union and Mayor Bloomberg that if they do not come up with a teacher-evaluation plan soon, he will impose one on them. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

Bill Gates makes the case that investing in a strong teacher-evaluation system will empower teachers to do their best work and is well worth the cost. (CNN)

A new study from CREDO finds that early patterns of success in charter schools are likely to persist. (CREDO)

Brooklyn’s Intermediate School 318—a high-poverty school with a world-class chess team—is a lesson in what investing in bright, low-income kids can do. (New York Times)

Earlier this week, Fordham’s Andy Smarick weighed in on D.C.’s school-closure debate, arguing that it is time to replace the traditional urban school system with chartering. (Washington Post)

The National Association if Independent Schools has appointed school-choice advocate and respected scholar John E. Chubb to be their new president. (Education Week)

A new report finds that high school students are becoming increasingly interested in STEM career paths, though the gender gap is widening. (Curriculum Matters)

A Jesuit high school in Missouri will require students to submit hair for drug testing. (Huffington Post)

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