First Bell 4-9-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Open enrollment sweeps across Ohio," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Margaret Thatcher, Education Reformer," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady of Britain, passed away yesterday. (Wall Street Journal and National Review Online)

After changing its screening process for gifted children in an attempt to lessen the influence of test-prep programs, there are slightly fewer children eligible for New York City’s gifted classes…but the changes aren’t huge. (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and New York Post)

A literature review finds that we don’t know enough about how student teaching affects teacher-candidates’ skills. (Teacher Beat)

An Education Week opinion piece blasts Bill Ayers’ assertion that the Atlanta scandal can be blamed solely on the testing policy. In the meantime, you can take a test to determine whether you have what it takes to teach in the Atlanta public school system. (Education Week, Answer Sheet, and New York Times)

According to a new report, the wage gap between public and private colleges is widening—and threatening academic quality. (New York Times and Huffington Post)

NPR wonders why many students, gifted students included, are entering college unprepared.

In light of concerns that not enough Pell grant recipients are graduating college, a blue-ribbon panel has called for a program overhaul. (Wall Street Journal)

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