First Bell: June 19, 2014

COMMON CORE POSTURING
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal announced that he is withdrawing his state from the Common Core State Standards—while his top education officials maintained this isn’t so. One thing seems apparent: Jindal is likely mounting a 2016 presidential bid. (New York Times and Washington Post)
 
TEACHER EVALUATIONS
Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers are deciding whether to tie the results of Common Core–aligned tests to teacher evaluations, and they’re facing pressure from both sides: the teacher unions have ratcheted up their rhetoric, while USED could take away some of the state’s Race to the Top grant. (Politics K–12 and Chalkbeat New York)
 
LATINO EDUCATION
A study of 960 Montgomery County youngsters finds high dropout rates and school disengagement among the county’s growing Latino population. (Washington Post)
 
SPECIAL ED AND VOUCHERS
Education officials in Wisconsin are investigating whether voucher-receiving private schools adequately serve students with special needs. (Charters & Choice)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
The Daily Caller: “Jindal Moves To Dump Common Core, Sparking La. Civil War
New York Post: “The price of summer: Some vacation costs are hidden
Deseret News: “‘Where all kids are above average’: Should schools separate gifted students?
Chalkbeat New York: “NYSUT head: Getting rid of test scores only a ‘first step’ toward evaluation overhaul
San Jose Mercury News: “Herhold: Two attempts to bring the temple down

 

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