First Bell 7-19-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Sunshine and school vouchers: How Louisiana gets it right," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Milwaukee: Saved by Act 10…for now," by Michelle Gininger, Flypaper

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives began debate on an ESEA rewrite called the “Student Success Act”; critics had words about the bill’s approach to teacher evaluations, STEM, and ELLs—and President Obama threatened to veto the bill. (Rick Hess Straight Up, New York Times, Washington Post, Teacher Beat, Politics K–12, Curriculum Matters, Learning the Language, and Politics K–12)

Chicago Public Schools announced that, due to a $1 billion deficit, it will be laying off more than 2,000 employees, at least 1,000 of whom will be teachers. (Associated Press and Chicago Tribune)

The presidents of ninety-three Catholic universities and colleges have organized in support of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, sending a letter in support of the idea to House speaker John Boehner and minority leader Nancy Pelosi. (New York Times)

On Thursday, the University of Michigan decided to allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition. (Huffington Post)

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