First Bell 6-19-13

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

Fordham's latest

"By The Company It Keeps: Kaya Henderson," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Stotsky pounds the table," by Kathleen Porter-Magee, Common Core Watch

Arne Duncan will allow some states that have been awarded ESEA flexibility to postpone the stakes attached to teacher-evaluation systems for up to one year, in light of an outcry over holding teachers and principals accountable to student test scores aligned to the new Common Core standards before the standards had been fully implemented. (Politics K–12, New York Times, Education Week, Education Gadfly Show, Washington Post, and Teacher Beat)

For the first time in over a decade, New York’s United Federation of Teachers plans to throw its weight behind mayoral candidate; they are expected to announce their endorsement today. (New York Times)

In their latest report on charter quality, CREDO finds that, on average, charter school students in Illinois outperform their traditional public school peers in reading and math—but not in charters outside of Chicago. (Charters & Choice)

Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation that, for the first time, provides funding specifically for Nevada’s English-language learners. (Learning the Language)

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