First Bell 5-14-13

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

Fordham's latest

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

In surprisingly scathing language, NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott said he was “appalled” by the remarks of five Democratic mayoral candidates at a UFT-run forum on Saturday. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

Sol Stern and Joel Klein have coauthored a Wall Street Journal op-ed urging conservatives to participate in the Common Core conversation constructively.

Florida, already friendly towards virtual education, is on the verge of welcoming further online providers and encouraging K–12 MOOCs. (Digital Education)

As the Head Start program starts to feel the squeeze of sequestration, local Head Start agencies are considering where to make cuts. (Education Week)

Amidst budget issues, the Buena Vista school district in Michigan has closed for the year—about a month early. (Huffington Post)

With several states on the fence about Common Core, Politics K–12 considers whether doing so would affect a state’s Race to the Top funding.

The number of unaccompanied minors caught illegally crossing into the U.S. has tripled. (Learning the Language)

The ringleader in the Memphis teachers’ cheating circus was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. (New York Times and Associated Press)

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