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Stats that Stick: January 4, 2012

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January 04, 2012 10:01 pm

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The end of the year 2011 is sure to provide many new stats and numbers on American educational development. Enjoy the first of what is sure to be many exciting stats for the year 2012.

Amount of dollars (in millions) donated to the University of Maryland by entrepreneur William Polk Carey: 30.

The founder of a New York-based investment firm donated millions of his $11.8 billion fortune to numerous Universities and institutions around the country. Carey died recently at the age of 81. The businessman’s many donations included $30 million to the University of Maryland law school, $50 million to John Hopkins University for the Carey School of Business, and $50 million Arizona State University.

Number of teachers in Washington D.C who received pay raises due to outstanding teacher performance: 476.

Reform of Washington D.C’s teacher evaluation system has resulted in a large pay day for many of the area’s young teachers. The new system evaluates young talent and offers bonuses for outstanding performance. Approximately 235 of those teachers received unusually high pay  raises last year.

Amount of dollars (in billions) slashed from the Texas state education budget: 4.

More than 12,000 teachers and staff have been laid off. Some districts halted construction on much-needed new schools; others have parents pay for extra programs. And low-income students may fare the worst.

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