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Obama announces new Internet initiative for classrooms, educators

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:41  |  Published in BUSINESS

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- President Obama Thursday unveiled ConnectED, a plan to link 99 percent of America's students to the Internet via high-speed connections within five years.

Obama also called on the Federal Communications Commission to modernize and leverage its existing E-Rate program to meet that goal, the White House said in a release.

Obama, calling on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support his vision, also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms and teachers trained on its advantages.

Scientists look for source of rogue GM wheat

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:37  |  Published in BUSINESS

PORTLAND, Ore., June 6 (UPI) -- Scientists say it is unclear how genetically modified wheat reached Oregon, where its discovery led to some foreign markets suspending imports of U.S. wheat.

Kendall Lamkey, chairman of the Iowa State University agronomy department, said "corn pollen can travel ... a great distance" under wind power or through contact with insects, but the wheat gene is "unlikely to be moving to other varieties in any significant way."

Wheat plants generally fertilize themselves, as opposed to scattering pollen, scientists said.

49 Chicago schools to close

Written by  |  Thursday, 23 May 2013 01:22  |  Published in BUSINESS

CHICAGO, May 23 (UPI) -- The Chicago Board of Education has voted to shut 49 elementary schools and transfer 27,000 students to new classrooms, officials said.

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett gave four other schools, which were scheduled for closing, a last-minute reprieve.

Wednesday's vote came after months of arguments over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to close dozens of schools.



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