First bell: 10-12-12

A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"The Catholic-school generation," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"D.C. weighs neighborhood preferences for charters," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The Los Angeles Times compiled education experts’ responses to last night’s vice presidential debate, including Michelle Rhee and Jonathan Kozol's.

The Florida Department of Education’s new strategic plan immediately sparked controversy by setting different proficiency goals for different ethnic and racial groups. The state interim-education commissioner defended the plan yesterday. (USA Today / Florida Current)

Opponents of several high-profile education-reform initiatives in Idaho have raised far more money than supporters. (AP)

The Huffington Post examines issues left unresolved by the contract agreement that ended the Chicago Teachers Union strike.

A new NBER paper concludes that financial-literacy education may not be the most cost-effective way to improve students’ financial literacy. (US News & World Report)

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