First bell: 11-20-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Social studies follies," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Picky parents, Nomad Mary, and feelings of cognitive dissonance," by Terry Ryan, Flypaper

"The disappointing but completely predictable results from SIG," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

President Obama’s education agenda in his second term may focus on “tying up loose ends” over big changes. (Associated Press)

New York City’s mayoral hopefuls offered critiques of Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership on education yesterday, but stopped short of supporting an end to mayoral control. (New York Times)

Idaho’s Board of Education repealed a policy yesterday that would have required students to take two online courses in order to graduate from high school. (Huffington Post)

A proposal commissioned by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and released yesterday calls for giving state students the ability to take classes in any district or online. (Associated Press)

Three charter school operators are applying for fast-track approval to open ten new schools in D.C., while the District of Columbia Public Schools prepare to close twenty schools for underenrollment. (Washington Post)

Curriculum Matters reports on the release of a new framework for social studies standards.

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