First bell: 8-31-12

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

Fordham's latest

"Vouchers - Darwin = ??" by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"Is everything you've heard about failing schools wrong?" by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"Cleveland schools are doing great things despite what Critics (Stephen Dyer and Diane Ravitch) say," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Jeb Bush delivered a speech on education reform at last night’s Republican National Convention. (CBSNews)

Common-Core standards are a topic of disagreement at the Republican National Convention, Politics K-12 reports.

New York's state education agency identified 221 poorly performing schools yesterday, more than half of them in New York City, that must make dramatic changes over the next three years or risk getting closed. (Wall Street Journal)

The Department of Education launched a new website for parent and family engagement. (h/t Ed Week)

New Hampshire filed an NCLB waiver proposing a decentralized accountability system. (Union Leader)

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