Senate passes child nutrition bill (The Washington Post, 08/05/10)
“The Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on Thursday, a bill that provides an additional $4.5 billion over 10 years to federal child nutrition programs including school lunch. If signed into law, it will be the first time that the federal government has increased funding for the programs in 30 years.”
US national park faces sale (The Guardian, 08/06/10)
“Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal is threatening to sell off a chunk of one of America's most beautiful national parks unless the Obama administration comes up with more money to pay for education in the financially beleaguered state.”
Little as They Try, Students Can’t Get a D Here (The New York Times, 08/07/10)
“The way the Mount Olive school district sees it, its students should not be getting by with D’s on their report cards, either. This fall, there will no longer be any D’s, only A’s, B’s, C’s and F’s.
‘D’s are simply not useful in society,’ said Larrie Reynolds, the Mount Olive superintendent, who led the campaign against D’s as a way to raise the bar and motivate students to work harder. ‘It’s a throwaway grade. No one wants to hire a D-anything, so why would we have D-students and give them credit for it?’”