First Bell 4-26-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Chris Barbic, Nelson Smith, Landry Clarke & Gene Gene the Dancing Machine," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Rebooting charters: Charter school board capacity essential to school success," by Kathryn Mullen Upton, Ohio Gadfly Daily

State Superintendent Tony Bennett has indicated that Florida will not limit its Common Core–aligned test options to PARCC. (StateImpact Florida and Curriculum Matters)

In protest of the country’s recent reforms, dissident teachers in Mexico’s Guerrero state attacked the offices of four different political parties, setting fire to the ruling PRI’s state headquarters. (New York Times and Huffington Post)

After months of hearings on Chicago’s school-closure decision, the crowds at those hearings are thinning. (Chicago Tribune)

A Hechinger Report editorial contends that racial segregation still affects the quality of education in Mississippi and across the land.

Lawmakers in Texas consider offering free breakfasts to all students in low-income areas, not only those who qualify under federal parameters. (New York Times)

A report suggests that teachers ought to be surveyed on whether the new teacher-evaluation surveys are supporting and strengthening their instruction. (Teacher Beat)

A preliminary report from the Florida Department of Education alleges that the for-profit online-education provider K12 Inc. assigns teachers to classes outside of their certified fields. (Digital Education)

According to a paper from TNTP, a teacher’s first year of instruction is a vital indicator of how well they will do over the course of their entire career. (Teacher Beat)

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