First Bell 3-26-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Why are elite colleges more selective than ever?," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Special-education vouchers need accountability," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Ohio swears in Richard Ross as new state superintendent," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Calling inaction “immoral,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that his administration would take over the Camden school district beginning Monday. (Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal)

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders announced that they have agreed on a new measure in the New York State budget that will help resolve New York City’s teacher-evaluation impasse. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

A new study finds that seventh-graders who lagged behind their peers in math performance were the same kids who had the least number fluency in first grade. (Huffington Post)

Sen. Rand Paul is leading the charge for a federal school-voucher program. (Answer Sheet)

After allegations of exhibiting a “liberal bias” and promoting “anti-American ideals,” a judge has cleared Minnesota’s proposed social-studies standards for implementation during the next school year. (Curriculum Matters)

A tweak to the “maintenance of effort” clause under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act says that states can’t cut education spending below the amount spent in the previous year and still receive federal special-education dollars. (Politics K–12)

Since Arizona lawmakers disassembled a Mexican American studies program in Tuscon schools, interest in ethnic studies has become reinvigorated outside of the classroom. (Los Angeles Times)

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