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From The Washington Post: Gates Foundation playing pivotal role in changes for education system


Across the country, public education is in the midst of a quiet revolution. States are embracing voluntary national standards for English and math, while schools are paying teachers based on student performance. It's an agenda propelled in part by a flood of money from a billionaire prep-school graduate best known for his software empire: Bill Gates.

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From Gawker: University of Texas Dorm May Drop KKK Member's Name

In this, the year 2010, the University of Texas at Austin is starting to think about changing the name of a student dormitory that is named after a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan, William Stewart Simkins.

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From the Associated Press: TV, movies shoot 'on location' at L.A. schools needing funds

In an era of yawning budget deficits and teacher layoffs, schools in the Los Angeles area are looking at a nontraditional source for some extra cash — Hollywood.

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From The New York Times: Parents’ Real Estate Strategy: Schools Come First

Developers who sell apartments near good schools should chip in more to help build classrooms, parents say.

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