First Bell: 2-7-14

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that he will formalize his policy on charging charter schools rent. Meanwhile, state officials say they would consider pulling back some building aid if the city appears to turn a profit on space used by charter schools. (Capital Playbook and Wall Street Journal)

Researchers find that the number of nonacademic professional and administrative employees at colleges and universities in the U.S. has doubled in the last twenty-five years, greatly outstripping the growth in the number of students or faculty. (Stay tuned for a soon-to-be-released Fordham report on similar issues in K–12 education.) (Hechinger Report)

A Vanderbilt survey finds that 63 percent of Tennessee teachers who teach subjects impacted by the Common Core think that the new standards will improve their instruction. (Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation, and Development)

The U.S. Census Bureau will overhaul the Survey of Income and Program Participation, a cross-sectional study that tracks over a four-year period the economic health of families. (Inside School Research)

The Understanding Language initiative will teach a second set of free MOOCs this spring for teachers seeking information on how to support English-language learners with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. (Learning the Language)

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