AM News: Can Obama Sell Universal Preschool Plan to the GOP?
Can Obama Sell Universal Preschool to the GOP? Atlantic: The policy would guarantee preschool for 4-year-olds whose families earn 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less, and Obama framed it in a way to appeal to Republicans: It saves money. But as with all of Obama's proposals from the State of the Union that weren't executive orders, the question is not whether it's a good idea so much as whether it can pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Conservatives Skeptical of Expanding Preschool and Federal Role NYT: Despite the outlines of a plan that White House officials said would use federal money in support of state-based preschool programs, conservatives said they were suspicious that it would be a foot in the door toward more big government. They also said there was little evidence that large-scale preschool programs do much good for children in the long run.
Obama's Preschool Program Would Target Low-Income 4-Year Olds AP: Obama also proposed letting communities and child care providers compete for grants to serve children 3 and younger, starting from birth. And once a state has established its program for 4-year-olds, it can use funds from the program to offer full-day kindergarten, the plan says.
'Big Three' Publishers Rethink K-12 Strategies EdWeek: The push continues for school districts to move away from paper textbooks and toward digital curricula and e-textbooks. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged educators last year to move quickly to adopt digital textbooks and materials. Also last year, the Federal Communications Commission and the Education Department released a report, the "Digital Textbook Playbook," which provided a blueprint for schools to make the shift.
Utah High School Reverses Policy, Allows Same-Sex Valentines HuffPost: A Utah high school has reversed course this week, after controversy arose over a potential ban on same-sex Valentine's Day messages. The issue at Copper Hills High arose earlier this month, when members of the school's choir handed out fliers announcing that there would be "No Same-sex Delivery" of their singing Valentines, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.