First Bell 3-15-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Searching for Charter School Excellence," by Terry Ryan and Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"A sensible supreme court paves the way for Alabama choice plan," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

According to new NCES data, the number of high school kids taking classes for college credit has gone up 67 percent since the 2002–03. (Hechinger Report)

L.A. school superintendent John Deasy makes the case for depoliticizing education research. (Inside School Research)

A group of experts argue that because so many teens experience sleep deprivation—which can have negative effects on cognitive development—school start times should be pushed back. (Education Week)

The New Orleans Parish School Board wants to attract high-performing charters to return to local control. (Times-Picayune)

A school-closure lawsuit may be headed D.C.’s way by the end of the month. (Washington Post)

The Digital blog reviews the current literature on blended learning, after a large Gates grant was made to a new blended-learning-focused nonprofit.

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will look into reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, which could have implications for job-training programs. (Politics K–12)

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