First Bell 3-22-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Catherine the Great, Frederick Douglass, and education reform," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Accountability dilemmas," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

In the largest mass school closing in U.S. history, Chicago will close fifty-four public schools and consolidate another eleven into other schools, affecting 30,000 kids and infuriating teachers and parents. (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and National Public Radio)

There exist signs of life in New York City’s teacher-evaluation debate. (Wall Street Journal)

In the Senate’s budget debate, Republicans push for a federal voucher program. (Politics K–12)

The Carnegie Corporation will launch the SpringPoint Institute, which will provide grants and supports to school districts. (Inside School Research)

An Education Week commentary argues that the Common Core should be “considered the floor and not the ceiling” with regards to achievement.

The latest edition of the Digital Learning Report Card has Utah, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Kansas leading the pack in terms of high-quality K–12 digital learning. (Digital Education)

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