First Bell 1-18-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Playing the gifted-student race card," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

"The progressive view of school choice," by J. Martin Rochester, Education Gadfly Weekly

January 17, the deadline that Gov. Cuomo set for NY’s teacher union and Mayor Bloomberg to reach a deal on teacher evaluations, came and went. There is no deal but plenty of finger pointing; the city stands to lose $450 million. (Wall Street Journal, Teacher Beat, GothamSchools, and New York Times)

Districts already struggling with constricted budgets are approaching school security in different ways. (Wall Street Journal)

MOOCs offer researchers a decent vehicle by which to study the effectiveness of instruction strategies. (New York Times)

Student achievement will make up 50 percent of CPS principals’ evaluations. (Chicago Tribune)

A new study finds that interventions by mentors, even late in the game, can push a high school student to make the leap to college. (Inside School Research)

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