First Bell: August 14, 2014

PRIVATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
A survey of private school enrollment finds that just 10 percent of grade-school children nationwide attend private schools. But in some neighborhoods, a majority of kids do. (City Lab)
 
PAYING POOR KIDS TO ATTEND SCHOOL
A story in Politico Magazine’s What Works series explores whether paying poor students to go to school—a rewards system modeled on similar programs in Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia—would be effective in fighting poverty. (Politico Magazine)
 
COMPETITIVE PRE-K GRANTS
The Department of Health and Human Services and the Education Department announce the Preschool Development Grants program, which will offer up $250 million in competitive grants to help states expand pre-K. (Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Business Times)
 
ESEA REAUTHORIZATION
A new Whiteboard Advisors survey found that 72 percent of its respondents, a small group of education insiders, agree that Congress won’t reauthorize ESEA until at least December 2015. (Politics K–12)
 
TEACHER STRIKE
Members of a teacher union in Northwestern Illinois are on strike after rejecting a contract offered by a public school district. (Associated Press)
 
OHIO SCHOOL AND DISTRICT RATINGS
After accusations of attendance data scrubbing, the Ohio Department of Education has made over one hundred revisions to district and school ratings in the Buckeye State. (Associated Press)
 
FORDHAM IN THE NEWS
Marketplace: “School staffing up nearly 400%, but not with teachers
Huffington Post: “There Are A Lot More Adults Working In Schools Lately, And Most Of Them Are Not Teachers
Daily Caller: “Report Highlights Non-Teacher Educators
Real Clear Politics: “The Crazy World of Public Schools
Daily Signal: “Maybe Johnny Can’t Read Because These Workers Crowd Out Teachers

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