First Bell 6-10-13

A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

"Poor children need a hand up, not hospice," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"40 reasons to call Harkin’s claim of flexibility laughable," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Just ask the kids: Student surveys and teacher evaluations," by Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

After two decades out of favor, ability grouping is re-entering elementary school classrooms, according to a NAEP analysis. (New York Times)

As federal lawmakers consider NCLB-reauthorization proposals, computer-adaptive testing is gaining popularity. (Politics K-12 and Digital Education)

The New York Times profiles special-education students’ use of camera-and-Internet-enabled robots to enable them to attend class virtually.

Segun Eubanks, the NEA’s director of teacher quality, will be Prince George’s County public schools’ new school-board chairman. (Teacher Beat)

The New York Post noted that schools that graded their own 2012 Regents test results scored higher than schools whose tests were graded outside the school. (New York Post and Wall Street Journal)

In the wake of several critical reports, the pressure is on teacher-preparation programs. (Hechinger Report)

On Saturday, teachers and their supporters attended a union-organized rally in Albany against the “misuse of standardized tests.” (Wall Street Journal)

Kentucky’s state board of education voted unanimously to provisionally adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, making it the second state to do so. (Curriculum Matters)

Despite a state takeover last year, the Inglewood school district has continued to decline. (Los Angeles Times)

On Thursday night, the Louisiana legislature found a new funding stream for the state’s beleaguered voucher program. (Charters & Choice)

Mayor Vincent Gray sent a proposal to the D.C. Council on Friday that would grant Chancellor Henderson charter-authorization powers. (Washington Post)

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