First Bell 5-2-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Pearson crosses a line," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"The state of charter authorizing," by Andy Smarick, Choice Words

"Can MOOCs rescue teacher PD?," by Aaron Churchill, Choice Words

Teachers at thirteen-school group UNO, one of the largest charter groups in the country, have voted overwhelmingly to unionize. (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Wall Street Journal)

Computer problems have led administrators in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Minnesota to reschedule high-stakes proficiency tests. (New York Times)

NPR highlights Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school that has had impressive success in attracting women to the computer-science program.

The cash-strapped Highland Park and Muskegon Heights school districts in Michigan, each of which carried over $10 million in debt at the end of the 2011–12 school year and were appointed emergency managers by Gov. Snyder, have been taken over by for-profit charter-management companies. (Charters & Choice and Education Week)

A new paper by Stanford and World Bank researchers indicates that novice teachers are being systematically matched to struggling students. (Teacher Beat)

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