Dec 5, 2012, 11:05 am EDT
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson laid down a very expensive bet on the Republican party during the 2012 election: $150 million.
This outpaced many estimates and even Adelson’s initially stated goal of spending $100 million in the hopes of defeating Barack Obama and gaining control of both the House and Senate.
Interestingly enough, Adelson only reported $54 million in donations to the Federal Election Commission. Where did the other $96 million go? To political nonprofits who do not have to reveal their donors. These include an estimated $30-40 million to Crossroads GPS and about $15 million to groups aligned with the Koch brothers. Read
Dec 3, 2012, 10:31 am EDT
Five states are planning to announce an increase of 300 hours for some students’ school years for 2013.
The states, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee, are joining an initiative to try to boost student achievement through increased class hours, according to the Associated Press. The effort is part of a three-year test program changing the hours at 40 schools in the five states. The means by which the school year is expanded is flexible: Parents and the districts can decide whether to add weeks to the school year or to increase the hours per day in school.
The effort is being paid for through a combination of funds, with school district, state and federal dollars contributing to the effort. Also contributing are the nonprofit Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning. Read