First Bell 4-22-13

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

Fordham's latest

"American Indian charter schools: Keep the charter, but fire the board," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Proud to be a private public school parent," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

Due to scoring errors by the testing giant Pearson, 2,698 NYC students were erroneously told that they were ineligible for seats in public gifted and talented programs. (New York Times, Gotham Schools, Wall Street Journal, and Answer Sheet)

Pearson is also under fire in Texas, where some lawmakers seeking to shake the state’s standardized-testing program are taking aim at the test developer. (New York Times) 

The Economist profiles the alarmingly rowdy teacher-union protests cropping up in the face of Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto’s reform agenda.

After a two-year impasse, Hawaii finally has a contract tying teacher evaluations to pay. (Teacher Beat and Politics K–12)

As many as seventy-four Afghan schoolgirls, after smelling gas at their school and falling sick, are being examined for poisoning; if substantiated, this would not be the first time. (Huffington Post and CNN)

As opposition mounts over New York City’s difficult new Common Core–aligned tests, the New York Times urges the city to stick with it—and tells the story of our nation’s first Race to the Top.

If it were up to Senator Chuck Grassley, Common Core would not see one dime more from the federal government. (Politics K–12)

A report finds that voucher programs, inclusive of tax-credit scholarships and education-savings accounts, can improve affected students’ academic performance. (Charters & Choice)

PARCC, one of the two major consortia tasked with building Common Core–aligned assessments, has released a draft of its ELL and students-with-disabilities accommodations. (Curriculum Matters, Learning the Language, and On Special Education)

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