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Student Protesters Attack Prince Charles and Camilla

As the U.S. Senate spent yesterday striking down progressive legislation, the U.K. Parliament also tacked conservative. Students in Britain revolted.

Amidst chants of "Tory scum!" and "Off with their heads!" Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, found their Rolls-Royce smack in the middle of a student protest over Britain's rising price of college tuition. About 50 protesters swarmed their vehicle, smashing a window and dousing it in a coat of white paint.

While the U.S. Senate spent yesterday striking down progressive legislation (tabling the DREAM Act, blocking aid for 9/11 first responders, and failing to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), the U.K. Parliament similarly tacked conservative, by voting to increase annual college tuition to approximately $14,000 a year, while simultaneously cutting government funding by an additional 80 percent. (The catch being that loans only have to be paid back if graduates go on to earn a salary of more than $34,000.)

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DREAM Act Delayed After House Passage. Will Senate Reciprocate?

The Senate just voted to table debate on the DREAM Act until early next week. Will it get the 60 votes needed for passage?

The DREAM Act's fate is delayed yet again.

While the bill was expected to be voted upon by the Senate earlier this morning, legislators just voted to table discussion until next early week, with supporters fearing that Democratic leadership will fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage.

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American Student Performance Slips Again; China Is Number One

American students now rank average or below average when compared to kids in other countries—14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math.

It's official: Other nations are far better at educating their future citizens.

Every three years, the Program for International Student Assessment, known as PISA, is administered to 15-year-old students by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This year, high school students in Shanghai led the pack, with American students ranking average to below average by when compared to their global peers (full report, PDF).

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Why the School Lunch Bill Is a Historic Victory

One of the last victories to be secured by the Democratic Congress, the school food bill increases the quality of school food we serve to kids.


A victory in the battle for healthier school lunches cleared its way through Congress yesterday afternoon. The bill is now headed for President Obama's desk, where is is virtually guaranteed a swift passage (thanks in no small part to the interest and backing of the First Lady).

The child nutrition bill determines the reimbursement rate for school lunches, the type of food that can be sold in vending machines, and whether trans fats can be banned from the equation. Prior to the new legislation, schools were reimbursed up to $2.68 per school lunch. For the first time in 30 years, it will now be increased by six cents, to $2.74.

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