First Bell 4-8-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The right response to the Atlanta cheating scandal," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"In the knowledge economy, it’s knowledge that matters," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

"Bill Gates not a fan of Ohio's PE evaluations," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Bill Gates cautions that teacher-evaluation systems must be built in a thoughtful and balanced manner, without overusing standardized tests. (Teacher Beat)

New York City teachers are staying in their jobs longer, due in part to the recession. (Wall Street Journal)

Mississippi lawmakers have passed legislation expanding charter schools in their state. (Hechinger Ed)

On Friday, Obama proposed paying for his pre-K expansion by raising taxes on tobacco products—an idea that is already facing heavyweight opposition. (Politics K–12)

The new superintendent of Dallas’s schools plans to replace forty to fifty principals out of the district’s 223. (Dallas News)

A new report finds that although homelessness can produce risk factors for students (such as high mobility, poverty, and unsafe living situations), homeless students also display strong indicators of resilience. (Inside School Research)

A new online platform called “myEDmatch” links teachers to schools that share similar values and cultures. (Teacher Beat)

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