First Bell 5-13-13

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

Fordham's latest

"By the Company It Keeps: PARCC," by Andy Smarick, Common Core Watch

"To close the 'opportunity gap,' we need to close the vocabulary gap," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Trashing Success," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Pearson is under fire, yet again, for errors in scoring NYC’s gifted-and-talented exams, this time for miscalculating students’ ages and affecting 300 students; the city is considering terminating its contract with the company. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

Opposition against required Algebra 2 has cropped up in Michigan. (Curriculum Matters)

With an eye towards the American university system, an increasing number of wealthy Chinese families are sending their children to private New York City high schools. (New York Times)

At a recent UFT-run panel, six of NYC’s mayoral candidates took turns praising the Mr. Mulgrew and blasting charter schools in an effort to win the union’s support. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

Mexican teachers-in-training in Nahuatzen are holding five policemen hostage as part of ongoing strife over President Pena Nieto’s education reforms; the tension continues. (Wall Street Journal)

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