First Bell 3-12-13

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

Fordham's latest

"The 10 Best Television Shows for Young Children," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Alabama school-choice decision as Theater of the Absurd," by Joshua Dunn, Choice Words

Last night, a New York City panel rejected a school-closure moratorium—and early this morning, it voted to shut down twenty-two low-performing schools. (New York Times and NBC New York)

The National Science Foundation issued a call for multidisciplinary research on education: “Education is not a monolithic field; it’s many, many areas studying the same phenomenon.” (Inside School Research)

Politics K–12 runs down legislation pertaining to pre-Kindergarten expansion that is currently in play in Congress.

A panel of top education research and policy experts laid out a ten-year plan for states to develop better systems of assessment. (Education Week)

The Hechinger Report’s Digital blog reflects on lessons learned from last week’s South By Southwest Education conference.