First Bell 7-24-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Paternalism and public policy," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"That's how the consortia crumble," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Testimony to the Arkansas House and Senate Interim Committees on Education," by Michael J. Petrilli, Common Core Watch

Students who attended behavior-modification programs, like the World Wide program that promises therapy to troubled students via “tough love,” accuse the schools of mistreatment and child abuse—but the schools exist in a legal “gray area.” (New York Times)

The PARCC-developed Common Core tests will cost $29.50 per student; Smarter Balanced will cost $27.30 for a “complete” system (with a cheaper “basic” option available at $22.50 a pop). (Education Week)

Lawmakers in North Carolina have approved a voucher program for special-education students. (Charters & Choice)

The New York Times compares the bipartisan winds that blew life into No Child Left Behind in 2002 with the extremely partisan ESEA-renewal efforts of late.

The Buena Vista school district in Michigan, a low-performing district that ended its academic year early due to budget problems, will be dissolved under a new state law. (Washington Post)

A new report offers a means of evaluating the benefits of educational technology. (Digital Education)

Under Alabama law, schools like the Shelby County school—one of just four in the state that serve only special-needs students—are classified as “failing.” (Education Week)

NPR highlights the efforts underway to get teachers up to speed on the Common Core.

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