First Bell 2-15-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Obama for Governor!," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

"The four biggest myths of the anti-testing backlash," by Kathleen Porter-Magee and Jennifer Borgioli, Common Core Watch

As the specifics of the president’s preschool plans emerge, some worry about the fact that “little evidence” exists that large-scale pre-K programs do much good for kids in the long run. Others find little in the plan’s details to back up its marketing as “universal” pre-K. (Hechinger Report, New York Times, and Huffington Report)

How do you catch cheaters in an online class? This represents the next struggle for MOOC providers. (Wall Street Journal)

A D.C. legislator seeks to repeal “social promotion” for the District’s elementary and middle school students. (Washington Post)

A coalition of public and private school teachers has released an open letter to Secretary Duncan expressing concern about the “overuse of standardized tests.” (Answer Sheet)

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