Education

Students Protest Against School Program Cuts In March 4th National Day of Action Rallies For Public Education

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(Best Syndication News) Throughout the United States students, faculty and citizens are protesting cuts in education and higher tuition fees. From Wisconsin to California, hundreds of thousands of students took part in the “Day of Action” protests.

In California both students and faculty marched. There were over 100 events in more than 30 states. Protestors marched in Oakland where they climbed onto Interstate 880 near downtown forcing authorities to close the freeway in both directions during rush hour. Police arrested more than 150 people as they marched on to the Oakland City Hall.

Race To The Top Competition Winners Announced

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(Best Syndication News) The U.S. Department of Education announced the finalists today for the Race to the Top (RTTT) competition. California did not make it to the final 15 states. This means the state will not receive any of the $4.35 billion to re-shape our states educational system.

The program has been opposed by the teachers unions but was desired by the local and state school boards. The California Teachers Association said that the $4 billion was a drop-in-the-bucket compared to the $95 billion the state receives each year for education. Ten of the 50 states never even applied for the grant (ND, MS, ME, VT, AK, WA, MD, MT, NV, TX).

Groundhog Day 2010 – Early Spring or More Winter ahead?

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[Best Syndication News] It's Groundhog Day a holiday that is recognized on February 2nd in the US and in Canada. The holiday is rather a fun one, that has the animal rights people wanting a robot groundhog to be used instead of a real one. If the groundhog sees its shadow it will go back underground and there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see its shadow then winter is almost over.

The Pennsylvania German's have made this a tradition, with the folklore of predicting spring. The largest celebration of Groundhog Day with crowds gathering upwards of 40,000 people are in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. All to see if the groundhog will go back into hiding.

It appears that it was different results for more winter or early spring as the following cities have reported according to Wikipedia. 9 cities reported an early spring, while 5 cities reported 6 mores weeks of winter.

Abstinence Only Education Reduces Sexual Activity

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(Best Syndication News) A study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine indicates that abstinence-only intervention can be effective in young adolescents to prevent sex.

The study involved 662 randomized African American students in grades 6th and 7th grade. The kids were divided up into four groups and given different forms of education. Here is a list of the interventions:

1) 8 hours of abstinence-only intervention targeting reduced sexual intercourse

New Mexico Scientists discover New Species of Tyrannosaur Dinosaurs

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[Best Syndication News] Bistahieversor sealey is a new species of the Tyrannosaurs that were found in New Mexico. The January issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology fellow paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History discuss the new variety of dinosaur that was discovered.

The discovery was in a federal wilderness area, from there the newly discovered tyrannosaur was airlifted via helicopter to be researched further. This is the first time in 30 years that a valid new species of tyrannosaur dinosaurs have been named in the North America west.

The tyrannosaur was made famous in the feature film Jurassic Park and other Hollywood films, which they are best known for their sharp teeth and strong jaws to be king of the dinosaurs.

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