First Bell 8-5-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Critics’ math doesn’t add up," by Jason Zimba, PhD, Common Core Watch

"Give Louisiana voters the chance to redefine public education funding," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

Following the Tony Bennett flap, the A–F school-grading system Bennett championed is under the gun. (Flypaper, Education Week, and Washington Post)

A Wall Street Journal op-ed argues that the debate over whether or not to “mainstream” special-ed students needs to come to the fore of the education-policy discourse.

Robert Samuelson boils the fiscal crisis facing state and local governments down to its core: schools versus nursing homes. (Washington Post)

At a charter school conference last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie accused Republicans who oppose the Common Core of having a “knee-jerk” reaction to something that President Obama supports. (Wall Street Journal)

A $5.5 million grant will give more than 250 math teachers in Omaha, Nebraska, the opportunity to improve their instruction by paying for graduate instruction over three years. (Curriculum Matters)

On Wednesday, the students of New York City will receive their scores after taking the first Common Core–aligned tests—and if the scores drop too low, Mayor Bloomberg may face a major PR problem just five months before he leaves office. (New York Times)

BASIS DC, a charter school recognized for its demanding expectations, is under scrutiny after charges that it has failed to provide special-ed students with required services. (Washington Post)

The Hechinger Report asserts that the Mississippi schools do not properly prepare students for STEM careers—and looks into why this is the case.

Pennsylvania will remain a member of PARCC and Smarter Balanced, but the state will not use either consortium’s tests. (Curriculum Matters)

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