First Bell 1-10-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Happy birthday, NCLB!," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

The California State Teachers Retirement System, one of the country’s largest pension funds, has begun to sell off its gun shares. (New York Times)

Parents at an elementary school in Atelando, California, have become the first in the nation to successfully convert their neighborhood school into a charter school by availing themselves of the “parent trigger” law. (Hechinger Ed)

Education Week has released the 17th edition of its annual Quality Counts report, which tracks various education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes.

Carol Jago, an expert on English curriculum, on the myths surrounding the ELA Common Core standards and the work of transforming English education. (Answer Sheet)

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Texas school district experimenting with “locator” chips in their school IDs can indeed require their students to wear them. (Huffington Post)

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