First Bell 4-16-13

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

Fordham's latest

"What’s your “Summer 2015 Plan”?," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Connecting the school funding tunnels ," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Last Friday, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution attacking the Common Core standards as “one size fits all” and an “inappropriate overreach.” (New American)

Teacher unions across the land are aiming to organize charter schools. (Wall Street Journal)

After failing to repeal the Common Core standards last month, some Alabama lawmakers are set to give it another go. ( Blog)

In preparation for the new Common Core–aligned tests, the New York City’s Department of Education has launched an ad campaign to warn parents that their children’s scores may be lower than usual. (Wall Street Journal)

Alabama, having opted out of the two major Common Core testing consortia, has signed on to use ACT’s new assessment system. (Curriculum Matters)

The inquiry into whether a Long Island school district’s teachers improperly coached students on standardized tests includes allegations of an altered Regents exam grade. (New York Times)

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