First Bell 1-11-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Chingos," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

The panel examining proposed school closures in Chicago worries that shutting down high schools will put students in the path of gang violence. (Chicago Tribune)

StudentsFirstNY found that poor and minority students are more likely to be taught by low-quality teachers. (Wall Street Journal and New York Post)

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that students who had never been suspended from school as high school freshmen had a far greater chance of graduating than their misbehaving peers. (Education Week)

Two researchers have come up with clashing narratives on the value of K12 Inc., a for-profit provider of virtual education. (Digital Education)

A set of “action guides” on ELA Common Core implementation intends to put to rest the squabbles over whether to teach more fiction or nonfiction in the classroom: “‘Informational text’ doesn’t have to replace fiction … if the overall amount of reading students do increases ‘dramatically.’” (Curriculum Matters)

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