First Bell: August 4, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA BUDGET
North Carolina’s Republican-controlled senate has voted in favor of a budget that would increase teacher salaries. Democratic leaders claim the budget is “smoke and mirrors.” (Teacher Beat and New York Times)
 
CHARTER INNOVATION IN D.C.
A D.C. charter school is enrolling parents and young children in the same school, in an effort to help disadvantaged kids by building up the skills of the adults surrounding them. (Washington Post)
 
CHARTER INNOVATION IN DETROIT
Kids at Detroit schools run by the Education Achievement Authority are adjusting to increased class time and other strategies to catch up kids hailing from the troubled Detroit Public Schools. (Hechinger Report)
 
DROPPING OUT FOR FAMILY
According to a new study, students in Langley Park, MD, are four times more likely than their peers nationwide to leave school early in order to help pay the bills at home. (NPR)
 
SPECIAL ED IN CHARTER SCHOOLS
The Newark Charter School Fund has granted $259,000 to improve services for Newark’s charter school students with disabilities. (Charters & Choice)
 
GRADUATION RATES
New research delves into how to get at-risk students across the high school finish line. (Inside School Research)
 
TEACHER-UNION POLITICS
Politics K–12 puts together a snapshot of teacher-union spending on national political campaigns. (Politics K–12)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Christian Science Monitor: “Common Core education standards: why they're contested left and right

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