First Bell 5-10-13

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

Fordham's latest

"By the company it keeps," by Andy Smarick, Flypaper

"For Pete’s sake, let’s try it," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

Gov. Pence signed into law a voucher expansion for the state of Indiana. (Associated Press and Charters & Choice)

A new plan from President Obama would increase the number of borrowers eligible for income-based repayment of student loans, effectively forgiving billions of dollars in debt over the next decade; critics say it will promote irresponsible borrowing. (Wall Street Journal)

D.C. seeks to merge a struggling traditional public school with a high-performing charter school, which will serve the neighborhood. (Washington Post)

In poorer nations, like those in Africa and South Asia, families across the social strata send their kids to private school. (New York Times Opinionator)

Gov. Malloy’s plans for Connecticut’s schools face an obstacle, in the form of a funding shortfall. (Wall Street Journal)

In a recent study of teenagers’ schoolwork habits, researchers found that the teens spent just 65 percent of a fifteen-minute period of observation studying. (Digital)

New research finds that making charts more artistic, an approach intended to engage children in dry material, actually makes the charts harder for students to read. (Inside School Research)

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, a higher percentage of Latino students who graduate from high school are enrolling than their white peers. (Learning the Language)

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