First Bell: June 18, 2014

PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL FUNDING
With the city council scheduled to begin its summer break tomorrow, Philadelphia schools superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has made a last-minute appeal for an additional $96 million in funding. (Associated Press and NPR)
 
CREATING TEACHER LEADERS
In an op-ed, Leading Educators CEO Jonas Cartock argues that the Vergara ruling has opened a window of opportunity to improve the teaching profession in California—and that districts should commit to crafting leadership paths for teachers. (Hechinger Report)
 
VOUCHER EXPANSION
With the fate of Florida’s voucher-program expansion now in the hands of Governor Rick Scott, opponents are pushing hard for a veto. (Charters & Choice)
 
CONSERVATIVES AND THE COMMON CORE
According to Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, conservatives are evenly split over the Common Core State Standards, with 45 percent in support and 46 percent in opposition. (Wall Street Journal)
 
CAR TALK
Andy Rotherham and Emmeline Zhao of RealClearEducation somehow convince D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson to get in their car and talk about the pace of change in D.C. schools and the upcoming mayoral election. (RealClearEducation)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Northern Public Radio: “The Starting Line For Common Core Training

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