First Bell 1-28-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The Seattle MAP flap," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who is perhaps the most powerful lawmaker with regards to education policy, will not seek re-election in 2014. (Politics K–12)

Teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle are boycotting the state’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test; that boycott is spreading. See Mike Petrilli’s take on the issue. (Wall Street Journal, Answer Sheet, and Flypaper)

Last week, ProPublica unveiled a new collaboration with the social-networking application FourSquare: “Checking in” at a school will allow FourSquare users to view the school’s socioeconomic data. (ProPublica)

A survey conducted from June to October 2012 found that 87 percent of districts expect to “fully implement” Common Core standards by 2014-15. (Curriculum Matters)

The Washington Post overviews security measures that Washington-area schools have taken in the aftermath of Sandy Hook.

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