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
Nov 30, 2012, 10:54 pm EDT
President Barack Obama is taking inspiration from Abraham Lincoln again for his second inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21.
According to members of the Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Obama will be sworn in for his second term as president with a ceremony centered on the theme “Faith in America’s Future.”
Organizers intend to draw on the fact that 2013 will be the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the completion of the Capitol dome’s exterior. Read
Nov 29, 2012, 10:17 pm EDT
Fulfilling a promise he made on election night during his victory speech, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch today.
What was on the menu? Among other items, white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken sandwich.
During the lunch, which lasted just over an hour, the two men discussed America’s leadership in the world and how important it was to maintain that leadership. The meeting was the first between the two presidential candidates since their final debate, and it was likely the longest amount of time the two had spent together up to that point. It was also Romney’s first major public appearance since his electoral defeat. Read
Nov 28, 2012, 10:39 pm EDT
One of the most watched elections next year will undoubtedly be the New Jersey governor’s race. Democrats are looking to oust the brash, sometime controversial governor Chris Christie in the 2013 general election.
It may be an uphill battle for them.
In the wake of Christie’s handling of Superstorm Sandy, the governor has been polling extremely well. A Farleigh Dickinson poll had him winning positive ratings from 77% of voters polled, including 67% of Democrats and 92% of independents. A Quinnipiac poll gave him a 72% approval rating, which is the highest that any New Jersey governor has received in their poll. Read