First Bell 4-29-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Chris Barbic, Nelson Smith, Landry Clarke & Gene Gene the Dancing Machine," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

As the Obama administration invests ever-larger sums into “turning around” failing schools, the evidence mounts that such strategies are less efficient than starting from scratch. (USA Today)

Policymakers seek to overturn Texas’s truancy laws, alleging that they are “redundant and overly punitive.” (New York Times)

An education bill recently passed by Minnesota’s Senate eliminates the high-stakes test attached to procurement of a high school diploma. (Star Tribune)

Most of New York City’s mayoral candidates favor lifting the Big Apple’s ban on cellphones in public schools. (Wall Street Journal)

In Los Angeles, it’s the teacher union versus the classroom breakfast program. (Los Angeles Times)

Governor Quinn has halted Illinois’s funding of the UNO charter operator, following a conflict over whom the charter operator hired for construction projects. (Education Week)

A bill to “pause” Indiana’s Common Core implementation has passed the state legislature and is headed to the governor. (State EdWatch)

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