First Bell: July 30, 2014

COMMON CORE TRANSITION AND SPECIAL ED
Special-needs students face challenges in the transition to Common Core standards. (Capital)
 
TEACHER TENURE
In response to the filing of the second Vergara-inspired lawsuit, the United Federation of Teachers is fighting back, arguing that current tenure laws both guard against unjust firings and give city officials a way to remove ineffective teachers. (New York Times)
 
SPECIAL-ED DELIVERY
Special-ed administrators are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals-court ruling that districts must keep paying for students in the middle of special-education disputes to stay in private school while their cases are in court, arguing that these proceedings sometimes take years and place a financial burden on districts. (On Special Education)
 
COMMON CORE IN LOUISIANA
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has joined a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal’s executive order blocking the state from administering a Common Core–aligned test in 2014–15. (State EdWatch)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Columbus Dispatch: “Common Core supporters ready to defend it

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