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

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"By the Company It Keeps: Robin Lake," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

Senate Democrats have unveiled an NCLB-reauthorization bill. (Politics K-12 and New York Times)

Early this morning, lawmakers on Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee approved a deal that would cut income taxes, expand private school vouchers statewide, and increase public school funding; the plan will reach the Assembly for debate in two weeks. (Associated Press)

The always-colorful OSU president E. Gordon Lee made one too many off-color jokes; yesterday, he announced that he would retire on July 1. (New York Times, NPR, and Washington Post)

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that on average, the economic returns to obtaining a bachelor’s degree are worth the loan debts. (Los Angeles Times)

A New America Foundation report calls for more federal dollars and teacher education devoted to using student data. (Education By The Numbers)

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is “not convinced” that Tuesday’s seven-part education-reform package will be good for the District’s kids. (Washington Post)

The Hechinger Report argues that we’re not doing enough to improve parental engagement, even though there is wide-ranging agreement that it matters.

The Institute of Education Sciences is launching a new national research and development center devoted to college-remediation studies. (Inside School Research)

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