First Bell 4-2-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Quixote, jobs, innovation, and Catholic schools," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

The former schools chief in Atlanta and three-dozen others have been indicted for test fraud. (New York Times and Huffington Post)

The common-assessment consortia will undergo a federal technical-review process. (Curriculum Matters)

A new study finds that teachers who gesticulate as they explain equations can make mathematic concepts more concrete for students. (Inside School Research)

In states that have recently revamped teacher-evaluation policies, change still hasn’t come. (New York Times)

The Stuyvesant teacher whose computer-science program inspired New York City’s new Academy for Software Engineering claims he has been effectively “cut out of the school’s planning process.” (New York Times)

Hamas has issued a new education law requiring a more rigid separation of genders in Palestinian schools and barring relations with Israelis. (New York Times)

According to an analysis of the cost of teacher-evaluation policies, SLOs are the most expensive option for districts. (Teacher Beat)

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