First Bell: July 14, 2014

AFT CONVENTION
The AFT convention opened on Friday, and Education Week’s Stephen Sawchuk is posting regular updates on its resolutions and activities in his Teacher Beat blog. (Washington Post, Curriculum Matters, Teacher Beat)
 
SECRETARY DUNCAN’S ‘IMPROVEMENT PLAN’
In one resolution, the AFT—while stopping short of the NEA’s call for Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s immediate resignation—demanded that President Obama put Duncan on an “improvement plan” and that he resign if he doesn’t switch to more union-friendly positions. (Teacher Beat)
 
COMMON CORE POLITICS
Common Core has become a wedge issue in this GOP presidential preseason. (Hechinger Report)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Time: “Teachers Union Pulls Full-Throated Support for Common Core
Washington Post: “Md. student test scores drop significantly as state shifts to Common Core

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