First Bell 7-2-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Mayoral sponsorship: How Columbus is dealing with a growing charter sector," by Angel Gonzalez, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Governor Corbett has presented a $150 million package to save Philly’s cash-strapped public school district—but the legislature has yet to sign off on a few key items. In anticipation, activists protesting district layoffs have ceased their fast. (Philadelphia Inquirer and Huffington Post)

As expected, Congress did not reach a deal in time to stop the federal student-loan rate from doubling; however, they could still reverse it before the new school year. (Washington Post)

The pop-music artist Armando Christian Perez—a.k.a. “Pitbull”—received a standing ovation while speaking at the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington. Dale. (Charters & Choice)

After a ruckus earlier this year, a California judge ruled that the Encinitas Union School District was not teaching religion when it gave yoga classes to elementary school students. (NPR)

In light of the scrutiny on affirmative action, some researchers are investigating alternative approaches to ensuring diversity in higher education, such as the policy adopted at the University of Colorado–Boulder. (Hechinger Report)

According to NAEP data, just 19 percent of seventeen-year-old high schoolers say that they read for fun almost every day—the lowest percentage since NAEP began asking the question; back in 1984, over 30 percent said that they read for fun every day. (Education By The Numbers)

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