First Bell 1-29-13

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

Fordham's latest

"School Choice Regulations: Red Tape or Red Herring?," by David A. Stuit and Sy Doan, Flypaper

"School choice friends, let go your testing fears!," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

The Education Department is investigating complaints that school-closure plans in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Newark discriminate against minorities and students with disabilities. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

Ohio released state teacher-preparation data, finding that one in ten graduates of teacher-prep programs struggles in the classroom; Fordham’s Aaron Churchill found that the students these programs admitted had lower ACT scores than the median Ohio State student. (Teacher Beat and Ohio Gadfly Daily)

Curriculum Matters reviews a few assessment-related bills currently under consideration in statehouses, including one in Virginia that would allow low-performing schools to skip some state-mandated tests.

The “flipped learning” classroom model, in which students watch online lectures at home and complete homework in the classroom, is gaining traction nationwide. (Huffington Post)

The Education Department will build on the Investing in Innovation program to make research and evidence “far more important factors” when awarding competitive grants. (Education Week)

Mississippi and Maine have become the latest states to consider holding school districts financially accountable for students who enter college underprepared. (Hechinger Report)

The Innovation by Design Initiative in Washington State is attempting to break intergenerational hardship by training parents to support their children’s education. (Education Week)

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