First Bell 6-14-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Disappointing science standards," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Kathleen Porter-Magee, Flypaper

"Board Blunders: A Systemic Problem ," by Angel Gonzalez, Ohio Gadfly Daily

An expansion of pre-K will likely mean an expansion of private pre-K providers. (New York Times)

The Montgomery County Board of Education has proposed a policy change that would make it more difficult for parents to transfer their kids to out-of-district high schools. (Washington Post)

A study questions whether or not school districts utilize technology investments effectively. (New York Times)

Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson has proposed combining district and charter admissions, aiming to quell criticisms that charters “skim” the good students, leading to higher test scores. (Wall Street Journal)

Goldman Sachs and a private-equity investor are lending money to a Utah preschool program for disadvantaged students by way of a novel “ social-impact bond”—which means he will only get paid back if the kids who are most behind end up doing well in elementary school. (Wall Street Journal)

A study questions whether or not school districts utilize technology investments effectively. (New York Times)

Peter Meyer emphasizes the distinction between standards and curriculum with regards to the Common Core. (IdeaLab)

A report from an alliance of retired military leaders urges policymaker to support early childhood education. (Inside School Research)

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