First Bell 3-28-13

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

Fordham's latest

"Governance in the charter school sector: Time for a reboot," by Michelle Gininger, Choice Words

A report finds that New Jersey’s preschool program, in place since 1998, has lasting benefits. (Inside School Research)

Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, one of the GOP governors elected in 2010, has proposed raising salaries and offering incentive pay to teachers. (Huffington Post)

New polling data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index show that teachers ranked second only to physicians in “well-being.” (New York Times)

Schools in Southwest Detroit are infusing the arts into their curricula with help from Living Arts, an arts and cultural organization. (Model D)

The Independent Budget Office finds that the Education Department’s annual progress reports don’t sufficiently control for external factors that could affect student performance, such as the number of impoverished or special-needs kids at a school. (Wall Street Journal)

An Arkansas Senate panel has backed a plan to re-write the state’s 1989 school-choice law, which was struck down last year as unconstitutional. (Associated Press)

The Department of Education is accepting “pre-applications” for its fourth round of Investing in Innovation grants. (Politics K–12)

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