First Bell: 11-30-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Changing one million lives," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Lead the way, Newark," by Andy Smarick, Education Gadfly Weekly

Louisiana, endeavoring to comply with Common Core, rejected every math and reading textbook that publishers sent them in the most recent adoption cycle; Superintendent John White sees it as a move symbolic of their dedication to the standards. (Curriculum Matters)

The Data Quality Campaign released two reports contending that states’ inability to share data across state lines leads to knowledge gaps and proposing solutions. (Digital Education)

The Hechiger Report reviews the different sets of skills that states look for when evaluating teachers.

On Thursday, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer announced that too many schools were issuing “capital-appreciation bonds,” which he described as “terrible deals” for schools and the equivalent of “payday loans.” (Wall Street Journal)

The Huffington Post overviews Louisiana’s school voucher program, the constitutionality of which will be decided this week.

After a special-needs child was forgotten for hours in the back of a D.C. school bus, special-ed busing concerns are in the spotlight. (Washington Post)

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