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School Reform Rainmakers

Sat, 10/02/2010
The Wall Street Journal

It was a banner September for education philanthropy. Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Oprah Winfrey's TV show to announce his $100 million donation to Newark, New Jersey, public schools. And this Wednesday the Charter School Growth Fund launched a new $160 million fund that will finance the expansion of high-performing charter networks across the U.S.

The sad truth about Facebook

Wed, 09/29/2010
By Daniel Lyons
September 24, 2010

The people who run Facebook, the social-networking company, are furious about a new movie that takes lots of liberties in its depiction of how Facebook came into existence. They're upset because much of The Social Network, which opens Oct. 1, is just completely made up. That's fair enough. But to me, the really interesting thing about this movie is that while much of the tale is invented, the story tells a larger truth about Silicon Valley's get-rich-quick culture and the kind of people—like Facebook's 26-year-old founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg—who thrive in this environment.

Serious Play Date: These Critics May Create a Fuss Over a Show

Mon, 09/20/2010
The Wall Street Journal
By Ellen Gamerman

SEATTLE—During a recent performance of "The Green Sheep," a spectator burst into tears. Some in the theater feared the worst: a mass audience meltdown.

Luckily, most patrons at this play—designed for children aged 1 to 4—maintained their composure.

American theater is having a baby boom. After rising in popularity in Europe in recent years, sophisticated stage plays targeted to children as young as 12 months are increasingly being produced in the U.S.

High Schools in SIG

Thu, 08/19/2010
National High School Center

As August continues and back-to-school preparations emerge, we'll be checking in on the School Improvement Grants (SIG). With an additional $3.4 billion dollars funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and increased appropriations, states are hurrying to get applications approved so that they can start funding local improvement efforts when schools start up in August and September. As of this blog entry post, 48 states and the District of Columbia have had their state grants approved.

China Shakes the World

Wed, 08/11/2010
Foreign Affairs

A Titan's Breakneck Rise and Troubled Future -- and the Challenge for America; China: The Balance Sheet

Review by Lucian W. Pye

[James Kynge, author of "China Shakes the World"], the former Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times, has the eyes and ears of a skilled journalist, as well as an insatiable curiosity about what is going on around him. He makes his points by unleashing one anecdote after another, finding evidence for his arguments in unlikely places.

Governments Help Ford Cut Debt

Tue, 08/10/2010
Wall Street Journal
Though It Shunned a U.S. Bailout, Loan Guarantees Help the Car Company Trim Its $25.8 Billion in Borrowings


Ford Motor Co. is getting help from the U.S. and other governments around the world as it races to slash its debt and boost its credit rating—an ironic position for the only U.S. car maker that didn't receive a government bailout last year.

[NOT PART OF THIS ARTICLE: Remember the win-the-lottery-like timing strategy by Ford (Storyboard 36 style) in borrowing against its assets? Well, Ford's back in the news, this time to make its loan payments--help! distress! SOS!--with the help of "the U.S. and other governments."

It's not just GMnavy.go comparing car companies' management to a week at the gaming tables: GM's new CEO, Daniel Akerson, descibed GM's $1-billion loss in Korean currency as a "bet"--a 2009 losing bet "just before the company slid into bankruptch-court protection."]

Education Contest Yields 18 Finalists

Tue, 08/10/2010
Wall Street Journal
New York, New Jersey Named Finalists


The Obama administration on Tuesday named 18 states and the District of Columbia as finalists in the race for federal money to help overhaul troubled schools.

[NOT PART OF THIS ARTICLE: Note the sentence in paragraph next to Mr. Nordlinger's photo in the "Prologue" section of the GMnavy.go model: "Mr. Nordlinger felt that potential marquee SPONSORS, whether from the state or federal levels of the government, or from the corporate sector, upon exposure to the material [that is, to the GMnavy.go model] in this business plan, would themselves begin to espouse the benefits of sponsorship."]