First Bell: August 5, 2014

NYC'S PRE-K EXPANSION
Because of inadequate capacity in public schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking New York's religious schools and community organizations to host his expanded government-funded pre-K—leading to church-state issues. (New York Times)

OUT OF THE IVORY TOWER
The Hechinger Report argues that teacher-training programs need to focus more on getting their trainees in-classroom experience. (Hechinger Report)

TESTING, TESTING
A recent federal study found that fourth graders had trouble with some of the basic functions of a computerized writing assessment. (Curriculum Matters)

STUDENT ABSENTEEISM
A task force studied chronic absenteeism in Chicago and issued recommendations, including upgrading data systems that track absentee students and bringing back truancy officers. (Inside School Research)

FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Yahoo News: "What If Everyone Went to College?"
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: "6 Ways to Recruit Great Leaders as Principals"

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