First Bell 2-5-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The Alternative," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Kojo, Mike, and Abigail on shifting school boundaries," by Pamela Tatz Flypaper

On Monday, a state district judge ruled Texas’s school-finance system unlawful, on the basis that it created an unconstitutional ad valorem tax. (San Antonio Express-News and NPR)

The failure of an online class about how to create online classes has gone viral, with reporters leaping on the irony. (Hechinger Report: Digital, Inside Higher Ed, Wall Street Journal, and Answer Sheet)

A leaked memo from Michigan’s state teacher-union president to local union presidents outlines their plan to subvert the new right-to-work law. (Wall Street Journal)

A New York Times article reflecting on the breakdown of teacher-evaluation negotiations paints a negative portrait of the Mayor Bloomberg.

A Los Angeles Times op-ed employs international comparisons to contend that simply throwing money at education won’t lead to economic growth.

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