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

Fordham's latest

"Department of Education rolls back the right to wheelchair basketball," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

"Operating in the Dark: What Outdated State Policies and Data Gaps Mean for Effective School Leadership," by Brandon Wright, Education Gadfly Weekly

Yesterday, lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the Obama Administration’s No Child Left Behind Waivers; Education Secretary Duncan defended the policy. (Politics K – 12 and Schools of Thought)

Meanwhile, the Education Trust released a report blasting the Obama Administration’s NCLB-waiver plan for “failing to address the needs of at-risk students.” (Politics K–12)

Americans born to immigrant parents have outperformed the general American population in education. (New York Times and Wall Street Journal)

The Center for American Progress has outlined a five-year strategy to provide pre-K education to all children—and it is speculated that this plan will figure into President Obama’s State of the Union address. (Associated Press)

Mathematica Policy Research has launched the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation, which will study the education barriers that the world’s most vulnerable children face. (Inside School Research)

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