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Why Government Spends More Per Pupil At Elite Private Universities Than At Public Universities

So what justifies the high per-student government subsidies at the elite private universities, and the low per-student subsidies in public universities? Government subsidies to elite private universities take the form of tax deductions for people who make charitable contributions to them. Moreover, because public universities have many more students than elite private universities, their larger percentages of Pell students represent far greater numbers of students from poor families. What justifies so much government spending per student in pri [...] Read more ...

via Eurasiareview
18 Oct 2014

Mixer: Pushing Deasy; from iPads to iQuit

Under Deasy’s tenure, the school district came under fire for a plan to equip every student with an iPad. Cortines retired as superintendent in April 2011 after a long career as a respected educator, but his exit was marred by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a current district employee. To be sure, the board’s investigation into his handli [...] Read more ...

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18 Oct 2014

Ofsted inspections - clarification for schools.pdf

Lesson planning  Ofsted does not require schools to provide individual lesson plans to inspectors. It does not expect schools to use the Ofsted evaluation schedule to grade teaching or individual lessons. 2 Ofsted inspections – clarification for schools October 2014, No. It should be read alongside the ‘School inspection handbook’, which c [...] Read more ...

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18 Oct 2014

Ebola vaccine not before late 2016: GSK researcher

The headquarters of pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, one company that is working on an Ebola vaccine, is pictured in west London on July 29, 2013 An Ebola vaccine by British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016 and should therefore not be seen as the "primary answer" to the current outbrea [...] Read more ...

via France24
18 Oct 2014

It’s a wake-up call... we need to do more’: Why do so many jihadists come from the streets of North Kensington?

A few minutes’ walk from the streets of white stuccoed townhouses where David Cameron’s so-called Notting Hill Set plotted their route to government lies a very different stretch of west London. The kids who live in the estates and blocks of North Kensington are among the most deprived in the capital, and in recent months a number of them have [...] Read more ...

via Standard
18 Oct 2014

Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters

BEIJING (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China's prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downin [...] Read more ...

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18 Oct 2014

Annual review 2013 (full version).pdf

NEAR NEIGHBOURS 39% DONATIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS 37% MAKE A DONATION TO CHURCH URBAN FUND Gifts large and small are vital to Church Urban Fund and the projects we work with. Please return this form to FREEPOST RLUR-KYUC-KTBX, Church Urban Fund, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SWIP 3AZ Data Protection Act 1998: CHURCH URBAN FUND RESTRUCTURE [...] Read more ...

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18 Oct 2014

White House suspends enhanced pathogen research

On 17 October, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced a mandatory moratorium on research aimed at making pathogens more deadly, known as gain-of-function research. In 2012, 39 scientists working on influenza agreed to a voluntary moratorium after the publication of two papers demonstrating that an enhanced H5N1 [...] Read more ...

via Nature
18 Oct 2014