First Bell 5-20-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Superintendents’ views on Ohio’s education reforms," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

"Am I a part of the cure...or the disease?," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

In response to Democratic mayoral candidates’ bashing of Mayor Bloomberg’s education agenda, Dennis Walcott, New York City’s schools chancellor, has begun a campaign to remind voters of the administration’s accomplishments. (New York Times)

CREDO found that 42 percent of Michigan’s charters are outperforming traditional public schools in math, with similar results in reading, while just 6 percent of the charters underperform their traditional counterparts in math. (Wall Street Journal)

Anger has erupted in New York City and beyond over “field tests,” standardized exams intended to assess not students but future tests. (New York Times)

The Hechinger Report profiles a virtual classroom simulator that allows teachers-in-training to practice managing a classroom.

Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’s widow, has quietly begun to assert philanthropy goals in education, global conservation, nutrition, and immigration policy. (New York Times)

A federal report finds that forty states have looked into allegations of cheating by school officials on tests in the last two years. (Curriculum Matters)

A Pew study finds that most teachers believe their students don’t have the digital-literacy skills to wade through online information effectively. (Education Week)

Karen Lewis has been reelected to lead the Chicago Teachers Union. (Answer Sheet)

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