First Bell 7-12-13

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

Fordham's latest

"A study in bad charter school governance," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Summer school for Republicans," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, Education Gadfly Weekly

Today, less than a year after being shot in the head by a Taliban hit man while returning home on a school bus, young education advocate Malala Yousafzai will spend her sixteenth birthday addressing the United Nations in New York. (Times of India, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times)

A group of senators had nearly reached a deal on student loans on Thursday—but that blew up as soon as the group discovered that their proposal would cost $22 billion over ten years. (New York Times and Politics K–12)

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, education professor Jay Greene laments the common assumption that religious schooling “undermines social cohesion,” noting a growing body of evidence suggesting the opposite.

A UNESCO report released this morning finds that nearly half of the world’s kids who are chronically absent also live in a country afflicted by conflict, noting that “international attention and the media invariably focus on the most immediate images of humanitarian suffering, not the hidden costs and lasting legacies of violence.” (Inside School Research)

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