First Bell 4-4-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Why conservatives should support the Common Core," by Kathleen Porter-Magee and Sol Stern, Common Core Watch

"A small yet nice honor for high-achieving students in one Ohio district," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Common ground," by Theda Sampson, Ohio Gadfly Daily

On Wednesday, the Mississippi House and Senate passed legislation providing $3 million to partially fund pre-K programs for four-year-olds. Today, the state Senate will consider a bill (passed by the state House yesterday) that would allow charters to open in low-performing districts and give school boards in high-performing school districts veto power. (Hechinger Ed and Charters & Choice)

Last autumn, Tennessee began to place its lowest-performing schools in a special state-run district; 80 percent of those bottom-ranked schools are in Memphis. (New York Times)

The Indiana House Education Committee considers a bill that would make it the first state to require all public schools to have an armed person with a loaded weapon on the school campus during school hours. (Huffington Post)

With the Atlanta school cheating scandal on the mind, NPR looks back at a similar scandal twenty-five years ago.

Leonie Haimson, a vocal parent critic of the Bloomberg administration’s education policies, revealed that both of her children are in private school—which is interesting because she has roundly criticized other public figures for doing the same. (Wall Street Journal)

Chinese parents weigh the pros and cons of sending their children to American high schools. (Wall Street Journal)

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