First Bell 4-15-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Texas: Big, proud…and wimpy?," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

"A charter school leader responds to charter critic," by John Dues, Ohio Gadfly Daily

A “small but vocal” group of New York parents are planning to boycott the new Common Core–aligned tests, arguing that hours spent preparing for them could have been better spent. Administrators, while agreeing that schools haven’t had long to prepare, contend that the kids can’t wait for a better education. (Associated Press and New York Times)

Researchers caution that when closing schools, school districts must employ a comprehensive approach in order to attain the sought-after savings. (Education Week)

Curriculum Matters outlines the Obama budget’s allotments for STEM education.

A number of states are looking to drop the GED high school equivalency test, which will become more expensive next year, in favor of cheaper alternatives. (Wall Street Journal)

Kentucky and Maine may both be among the early NGSS adopters. (Curriculum Matters)

When a Missouri school trained its teachers to use firearms, most parents approved. (New York Times)

After Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto’s legislative victory over the country’s political-powerhouse teacher union, teachers are marching by the thousands. (Huffington Post)

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