First Bell: 1-22-14

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

  • The Cato Institute launches the “Public Schooling Battle Map,” an attempt to record and categorize the battles that have occurred around public education since 2005. (Cato)
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines his education priorities while presenting his proposed 2014–15 budget for New York State. He wants to allocate an additional $807 million in state school aid, partially to go towards teacher-merit-pay program and expansion of pre-K funding. (Chalkbeat)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, however, argues that Cuomo’s proposed $1.5 billion over five years for pre-K with no tax surcharge is not good enough. This highlights the tension between Cuomo, a centrist who has repeatedly pledged to reduce taxes, and de Blasio, a steadfast liberal who made a campaign promise to fund pre-K in the Big Apple by raising taxes on the wealthy. (New York Post and New York Times)
  • Also while outlining his budget proposal, Cuomo announced the creation of a panel that will study the way the state has implemented the Common Core and recommend any “corrective actions.” (Curriculum Matters)
  • The Hechinger Report releases a two-part analysis of the problems associated with Chicago’s longer school day, primarily related to the policy’s “one-size-fits-all” nature.
  • A survey conducted by Common Sense Media finds that nine out of ten American voters are both worried and uninformed about student data privacy. (Digital Education)
  • An Education Week op-ed warns that although small schools have benefits (less bureaucracy, emboldened principals), they may also lead to greater segregation of students along class and racial lines.
  • California lawmakers approve sweeping changes to the state’s school-funding rules; the new system provides more dollars to districts with needy students and gives local education officials more say over how to spend those dollars. (Los Angeles Times)
Pamela Tatz
Pamela Tatz is a Editorial Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute