First Bell 6-18-13

A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

" Ed Next Book Club: Sarah Carr on Hope Against Hope," by Education Next, Flypaper

"Teacher Prep Falls Short ," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Weekly

A groundbreaking new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality, first of its kind and years in the making, delivers a scathing review of colleges’ teacher-education programs and their admission standards, giving just four programs top marks and placing 160 on a “consumer alert” list. (Miami Herald, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and Education Week)

New York City’s graduation rate dipped very slightly—which Mayor Bloomberg hailed as a win, given that the class of 2012 was the first cohort to enter high school with tougher diploma requirements. (New York Times, SchoolBook, and Wall Street Journal)

The New York Times profiles William Sanford Nye—a.k.a. Bill Nye the Science Guy—and his recent efforts to defend scientific evidence on issues that have been polemicized, such as climate change and the age of the earth.

On Monday, a New Hampshire judge ruled that the state’s tuition tax-credit program violates the state constitution, on grounds that no public money can be used for religious school tuition. (Washington Post)

A new study finds that homeless, highly mobile children—considered arguably the most at-risk of any students—can persevere and recover academically once their living situations become more stable. (Inside School Research)

New Jersey Lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow those in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at state universities and colleges. (Associated Press)

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