First Bell: July 1, 2014

UNION DUES
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that home healthcare workers in Illinois can’t be compelled to pay union dues. While this ruling was limited to home health aides, some argue that the ruling has set the stage for other rulings on union dues, such as one pending in California that pertains to public school teachers. (Washington Post)
 
COMMON CORE MATH
In response to a recent New York Times article that listed reasons that parents are faltering with the Common Core, Curriculum Matters asks, “Should instruction stay the same simply so parents can help kids with their homework?” (Curriculum Matters)
 
NCLB WAIVER STATES
Seventeen out of thirty-four states that received NCLB waivers have not followed through on their promise of turning around the schools performing in the bottom 5 percent. (Politics K–12)
 
SUPES LIKE THE COMMON CORE
A Gallup/Education Week survey finds that two-thirds of district superintendents believe that the Common Core will improve education in their communities. (Education Week)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Daily Caller: “Harris Decision Bad But Not Fatal For Teachers Unions
National Journal: “Principal Woes
Reporter-Herald: “Colorado teacher evaluations still face major hurdles after first year

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