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

Fordham's latest

"Mr. Secretary, please don’t do it," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Hard to kill charter school canards," by Terry Ryan and Aaron Churchill, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Tuesday saw the unveiling of the Next Generation Science Standards, which feature strong concentrations on climate change and evolution. Take a look at our review of the last draft, and stay tuned for our take on the final. (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Education Week)

President Obama’s budget proposal will call for $3.77 trillion in spending for the fiscal year, up 6 percent from this year’s projected spending levels; it will include new tobacco taxes, to be used to pay for the pre-K expansion. (Wall Street Journal)

A Harvard study finds that only 16 percent of LAUSD’s Class of 2011 passed the courses necessary to attend the state’s public universities. (Huffington Post)

Education Week looks closely at the changing leadership landscape of education groups.

A new bill would allow admissions preference to neighborhood children in D.C. charter schools. (Washington Post)

A paper finds that the rise of charter schools may have contributed to the decline in private school enrollment over the past decade. (Charters & Choice)

A new study finds that while employers want graduates with a liberal-arts education, more than 40 percent of employers don’t think colleges are providing students with the education they will need to succeed. (Hechinger Report)

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