First Bell 4-30-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The pre-K lobby enters the spin cycle," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"One giant leap for teacher development," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

In the face of mounting resistance to the Common Core, AFT president Randi Weingarten warns that the standards are being poorly implemented—and calls for a moratorium on stakes attached to standards-linked tests. (Washington Post and Curriculum Matters)

State financing for preschool has fallen more than $1,100 per student since 2001–02, although financing overall has increased 48 percent; Mike Petrilli points out that we are increasing enrollment and spreading money around, rather than targeting it at the poorest students. (Hechinger Report, Associated Press, and New York Times)

The New York Times profiles the successful incorporation of an M.I.T.-developed MOOC in Boston community college course.

The din over Governor Jerry Brown’s weighted-funding plan for California’s schools is growing louder, with richer districts crying foul. (Wall Street Journal)

Twenty New York City schools will experiment with longer school days. (Wall Street Journal)

Eight civil-rights groups urge Secretary Duncan to reject nine California districts’ NCLB waiver applications. (Huffington Post and Politics K–12)

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