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

Fordham's latest

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

The New York Times highlights a study finding that students who received a simple information packet explaining college admissions processes were significantly more likely to apply to colleges matching their abilities.

Researchers are experimenting with robot teachers in some New York and California schools. (Wall Street Journal)

Analyses of the education segments of Obama’s budget proposal are out in full force. (Politics K-12, Huffington Post, On Special Education, and Huffington Post Politics)

The National Spelling Bee competition will now include an “evaluation of vocabulary knowledge,” not just spelling. (Curriculum Matters)

The latest California parent-trigger application has the LAUSD partnering with a local charter operator to reform a failing school. (Hechinger Report)

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