First Bell 6-4-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Use facts, not courts, to fix affirmative action," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Authorizer of, not in, the district," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Black helicopter-itis and local control," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Common Core Watch

A forty-year-old California law, signed by then-Governor Ronald Regan, requires student achievement to be included in teacher evaluations. (Center for Investigative Reporting)

D.C. councilmember David Catania announced a package of seven bills that could reform the District’s public education system dramatically. (Washington Post)

The New York Daily News reports that only a quarter of students in New York City’s top technology programs are girls.

In the face of Common Core standards, open-education resources, and the slow switch to digital platforms, education publishers are struggling to adapt. (Marketplace K–12)

Charles Rinehimer duly praises the engaged, motivated students who keep him inspired and give him the strength to handle tougher cases. (NPR)  

The fragility of NYC’s new teacher-evaluation system became evident when a main mayoral candidate called the plan “unworkable in its complexity and bureaucracy.” (Wall Street Journal)

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