First Bell 5-6-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Can MOOCs rescue teacher PD?," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Governor Snyder and Secretary Duncan will discuss education policy at a town-hall meeting near Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

In a letter to the state of Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Justice said that the state must ensure that voucher-receiving private schools comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. (Charters & Choice)

TED, a nonprofit group known for its fascinating conferences on ideas, is teaming up with PBS for a one-hour special on education. (New York Times)

Through “citizen science” projects, K–12 students are collecting data and performing other assignments that will contribute to real scientific research. (Education Week)

A poll conducted by the AFT finds that while most public school teachers support the Common Core standards, most feel unprepared to teach them. (Washington Post)

With peer-review feedback in hand, the nine California districts that sought their own NCLB waivers will be making changes to their requests—to include factoring in test scores from more than just the last grade in each school. (Politics K–12)

Education Week highlights the rewards-for-schools aspect of NCLB waiver plans.

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