First bell: 9-17-12

A first look at the most important education news from the weekend and this morning:

Fordham's latest

"Chicago union chief shows some panic over charters," Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"Lessons from Chicago," Peter Meyer, Board's Eye View

"The evaluation system at the heart of the Chicago strike," Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

The Chicago teachers’ strike continues today as the teacher union deliberates accepting a settlement negotiated over the weekend. (Associated Press)

After the Chicago Teachers Union announced it would delay its decision on the contract, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would seek a court order to send teachers back to work. (Chicago Tribune)

According to NAEP data released on Friday, only about one in four eighth and twelfth graders tested reached proficiency in writing. (Education Week)

The Los Angeles Unified School District is straining to accommodate a flood of requests for enrollment verification from students applying for President Obama’s “deferred action” program for young immigrants. (LA Times)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium now plans to design two versions of Common Core-aligned tests—one shorter and one longer. (Ed Week)

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