First Bell 7-3-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Cherishing choice in Ohio," by Adam Emerson, Choice Words

"By the Company It Keeps: Independence Day," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

Earlier this week, State Superintendent Janet Barresi signaled that Oklahoma will back out of the PARCC testing consortium. (Curriculum Matters)  

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills changing the way California funds its schools, allotting more money to help disadvantaged students and granting districts more control over how to distribute the money. (Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and California Newswire)

In a speech at the 2013 National Charter Schools Conference, Education Secretary Arne Duncan noted progress in the charter sector—but warned that “there are too many charters where students actually learn less than their counterparts.” (Answer Sheet and Charters & Choice)

A study finds that children in poverty may be have fewer planning skills than their richer peers. (Inside School Research)

Commercial publishers, in an effort to cope with the plethora of educational resources available online for free, are moving towards incorporating open materials into their products. (Education Week)

A game designer explains five educational benefits that the act of building games can confer on kids. (Digital)

Uncommon Schools has won the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. (Charters & Choice)

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