First Bell 3-19-13

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

Fordham's latest

"How do Ohio's AP scores stack up?," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

In 11 percent of NYC public schools, principals did not give any teachers failing grades in the last eight years. (Wall Street Journal)

According to a new report, there has been a surge in the use of student tracking and ability grouping at the elementary-school level. (USA Today and Huffington Post)

A New York state audit has found that one of NYC’s biggest providers of special-ed services to preschools has illegally diverted millions of dollars into a religious school, summer camps, and a grocery store. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

The Charters & Choice blog overviews school-choice legislation currently in play in Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire, and Alabama.

A national database called inBloom, which contains students’ personal information, has parents and privacy advocates in an uproar. The Hechinger Report takes a closer look.

St. Mary’s County public elementary schools in Maryland have banned hugs, birthday invitations, and homemade food. (Huffington Post)

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