First Bell: July 15, 2014

OKLAHOMA AND THE COMMON CORE
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the state’s Common Core repeal. (Associated Press)
 
PHILLY SCHOOL FUNDING
Arne Duncan says that current state levels of K–12 education funding in Philadelphia are “unacceptable.” (Politics K–12)
 
EYESIGHT MATTERS
A recent paper finds that providing free eyewear to students in developing nations leads to vastly improved educational outcomes. (Economist)
 
FINANCIAL LITERACY
Florida has become the first state to adopt standards for teaching personal finance. (Curriculum Matters)
 
ACHIEVEMENT GAPS
The Montgomery County school district, which has a growing achievement gap, may consider changing attendance boundaries with the goal of achieving greater diversity. (Washington Post)
 
ACHIEVEMENT, HAPPINESS, OR CARING FOR OTHERS?
A survey asked middle and high school students whether their parents prioritize achievement, feeling happy, or caring for others. Of the respondents, 80 percent of kids picked achievement or happiness—and when asked what they themselves think is most important, the results were the same. (NPR Ed)

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