First Bell: June 24, 2014

TEACHER PAY
A new Vanderbilt working paper finds that top Tennessee teachers are more likely to continue working in low-achieving schools when given a substantial pay increase. (Teacher Beat)
 
PRESCRIPTION: VOCABULARY BUILDING
Under a new policy instituted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, pediatricians will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth—with the hope that doing so will help reduce the education gaps between high- and low-income kids as well as racial groups. (New York Times)
 
CHARTER ACCOUNTABILITY
An investigation by the Detroit Free Press finds that Michigan’s charters, while costing taxpayers a hefty sum, are not adequately held accountable for spending, nepotism, and poor academic performance—though the paper concedes there are also high-performing, innovative charters. (Detroit Free Press)
 
GRADUATION RATES
New York’s high school graduation rates are slightly up from 2013, but ELL students continue to struggle. (Wall Street Journal)
 
GIRLS IN TECHNOLOGY
Google has launched and put $50 million toward Made With Code, an effort to close the gender gap in computer coding. (Curriculum Matters)
 
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Atlantic: “Should We Be Treating Principals Like CEOs?
Education Writers Association: “Report: Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals
Charlotte Observer: “Study: Get more creative in recruiting principals

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