First Bell: July 2, 2014

NEW YORK SCHOOLS
New York City’s budget oversight agency finds that the Big Apple’s schools are becoming more congested, that funding has slumped, and that the number of kids in “temporary housing situations” has increased sharply. (New York Times)
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
In response to the Education Department’s review of whether states are complying with federal SPED laws, the District of Columbia is considering an overhaul that would include speeding the delivery of services and giving families new tools in disputes with schools over services for their kids. (Washington Post)
 
PRE-KINDERGARTEN
As Mayor Bill de Blasio pushes his preschool-for-all plan, experts are arguing that more needs to be done to ensure that youngsters in informal pre-Kindergarten settings are getting a solid foundation. (New York Times)
 
TEACHER TENURE
In light of the recent Vergara case, the Hechinger Report has published some nifty infographics mapping the percentage of California’s teachers with tenure by county. (Hechinger Report)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
U.S. News: “Supreme Court Ruling Could Give Strength to Teacher Suit
Heartland: “Wyoming Continues Battle Over Science Standards

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