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

Fordham's latest

"Budget, KC, Dallas, anthropologists, and the zen of Bill Murray," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"Texas: Big, proud…and wimpy?," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

The New York Times investigates latest example of private contractors taking advantage of NYC’s poorly regulated pre-K special-education system.

The expansion of Indiana’s school-voucher program has hit another snag: the budget. (Huffington Post)

Educators in a Long Island school district face accusations of test fraud, this time by way of improperly assisting students with standardized tests. (Wall Street Journal and New York Times)

When police officers are stationed in schools, ostensibly for security purposes, a surge of criminal charges against children for misbehavior ensues. (New York Times)

Maryland Governor O’Malley has given Prince George’s county executive more authority to govern the county’s struggling schools. (Washington Post)

A slew of startups are tackling the gap between education-technology innovations and implementation.(Hechinger Report)

A study finds that blended learning’s impact on classrooms depends heavily on whether we have ways of interpreting its results; “technology for technology’s sake” does not work. (Digital Education)

Aside from the issue of funding the President’s pre-K proposal with tobacco taxes, the new proposed budget does not address the types of requirements it would set on teacher training(Teacher Beat)

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