First Bell: 1-23-14

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

  • A new study led by Harvard scholar Raj Chetty suggests that poor children’s opportunities for upward social mobility are exactly the same today as they were over half a century ago. The authors have a bone to pick with both Democrats and Republicans: They explicitly question Obama’s “Great Gatsby Curve” (the concept that increasing inequality will decrease mobility over time), but they also suggests that Republicans oughtn’t downplay inequality in favor of focusing exclusively on mobility. (Equality of Opportunity Project and Washington Post)
  • Hechinger Ed examines Governor Cuomo’s and Mayor de Blasio’s posturing over their early-childhood-education plans, noting that the narrative seems to be more about politics than the merits of high-quality pre-Kindergarten education.
  • After two recent civil-rights complaints, District of Columbia lawmakers seem ready to pass Title IX legislation, which would address disparities between boys’ and girls’ opportunities to play sports in public schools. (Washington Post)
  • Charters & Choice rounds up the action on private-school vouchers across the land.
  • Two reports find that the K–12 publishing and ed-technology industries are seeing a jump in sales, attributing the upturn to schools’ increasing usage of digital resources, an improving economy, and new Common Core–aligned materials. (Education Week)

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