First bell: 11-2-12

A first look at this morning's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"Let a new teacher-union debate begin," by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael J, Petrilli, Flypaper

"Better oversight could have weeded out a charter school scandal," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

Standardized test scores dropped in Kentucky on new assessments aligned to the Common Core. (Education Week)

Asian Americans are divided in their views on race-based affirmative action, the New York Times reports.

The School District of Philadelphia admitted flaws in its school rating system and pledged to overhaul it. (The Notebook)

Graduation rates improved in Tennessee overall, but  early test scores from Tennessee’s Achievement School District, in its first year of overseeing the states lowest-performing schools, were low enough that the ASD’s superintendent was “stunned” by them. (Associated Press / Education Week)

The Los Angeles Unified School District proceeded with its application to the U.S. Department of Education's district-level Race to the Top competition despite failing to obtain the teacher union's endorsement for its plan. (Los Angeles Times)

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