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STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESSES: North Dakota and New York at Opposite Ends of the Financial Crisis Article

January 12, 2009

The December 15, 2008 issue of Straight A’s details how the economic turmoil has hit state budgets and cites research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that finds that all but a “handful” of states will face budget shortfalls (not enough revenue to cover expenses) that are projected to total more than $100 billion in Fiscal Year 2010, which, for most states, will begin on July 1, 2009.

BENCHMARKING FOR SUCCESS: New Report Calls on State Leaders to Look to Highest-Performing Nations When Reforming Education Systems Article

January 12, 2009

If state leaders want to ensure that their citizens and economies remain competitive in the new global economy, they must look beyond America’s borders and benchmark their education systems with the best in the world.

Doubling Up: Melinda French Gates Sets Goal to Significantly Increase Numbers of Low-Income Students Earning Postsecondary Degrees Article

November 17, 2008

In a speech preceding her husband’s, Melinda French Gates, who also serves as a cochair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussed the foundation’s new focus on college completion and announced a goal of doubling the number of low-income students who earn college degrees.

YES HE WILL?: Campaign Details Suggest That Obama Presidency Will Make Education Reform a High Priority Article

November 08, 2008

Throughout his campaign for president, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) stressed the importance of education to the future of the nation, consistently listing it, along with health care and energy independence, as among his top three priorities. However, the bigger question is not whether Obama will focus on education reform, but when he will be able to do so, especially given the eight-hundred-pound gorilla in the room that is the American economy.

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