NYT – Language Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K

The New York Times highlighted a study that was recently done on the language gap between children that come from wealthy families and those that come from families with lower income.  The article is here. A quote:

President Obama has called for the federal government to match state money to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families, a proposal in the budget that Congress voted to postpone negotiating until later this year. The administration is also offering state grants through its Race to the Top Program to support early childhood education. Critics argue, however, that with so few programs offering high-quality instruction, expanding the system will prove a waste of money and that the limited funds should be reserved for elementary and secondary education.

NYT’s article on Protecting Student Data

Here is a New York Times article regarding protecting student data in a growing educational technological industry.  A quote:

On Tuesday, Senator Edward J. Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter to Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, about how K-12 schools are outsourcing management and assessment of student data, including intimate details like disabilities, to technology vendors. The letter cited an article in The New York Times this month about concerns over the proliferation of student data to companies.