First Bell: June 26, 2014

VOUCHERS FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENTS
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to make it easier for New York students with special needs to receive private-school vouchers. A bill in the State Assembly to force the Big Apple to do so was stopped when de Blasio promised to make the changes himself. (New York Times)
 
LOW-INCOME, BRIGHT KIDS
A new program called College Match guides high-flying, low-income kids to top universities. (Hechinger Report)
 
TEACHER TENURE
Next month, a lawsuit in New York will aim at teacher tenure and dismissal in a manner similar to the recent Vergara case in California. (Teacher Beat)
 
COMMON CORE IN LOUISIANA
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education called a special meeting to discuss Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent efforts to block Common Core–aligned state tests. (Times-Picayune)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Yahoo: “Fordham Institute Correct in Suggesting Schools Seek Talent Outside Education Field
Real Clear Politics: “Common Core Panelists Rue Politics’ Toll on Reform

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