First Bell 3-20-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Make the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship more transparent—and expand it," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

Pennsylvania’s law requiring students to pass the Common Core–aligned Keystone Exams to receive a diploma have a gaping loophole: Students who do not pass can obtain said diplomas via “validated local assessment.” (Morning Call)

Today, teacher unions and Montgomery school officials will testify in favor of a bill that would delay teacher-evaluation reform in Maryland. (Washington Post)

A new MOOC targeted at K–12 district administrators will provide information on broad themes in education leadership, like how technology is changing the way students learn. (Digital Education)

A data-loving teacher discusses what works and doesn’t work for her in standardized testing. (Hechinger Report)

Pennsylvania is set to reconsider how it funds special education. (On Special Education)

A new NEPC brief overviews the research on improving educational opportunities for English-language learners. (Learning the Language)

Even though the racial makeup of American public school students has changed dramatically (nearly half of all kids under age five in 2008 are racial or ethnic minorities), 82 percent of those who obtained bachelor’s degrees in education from 2009–11 were white. (New York Times)

A North Carolina bill focused on accountability introduces teacher pay, school grading, tenure, and limits on year-end tests. (News Observer)

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