Investigators say there was a widespread effort to change test scores in order to make the school system look better. The 35 educators who have been indicted include the former superintendent, who has denied any wrongdoing.
After the December school shooting in Connecticut, the National Rifle Association said there should be good guys with guns to guard every school in the country.
Today the NRA says it will have details on how to put that plan in place, and what it could cost taxpayers. For the most part, the dollar figure depends on whether school guards are sworn law enforcement officers.
“It’s not just simply about being able to defend, but about being able to address and respond quickly in the whole security scenario that law enforcement officers are trained to do,” says Francisco Negron, general counsel with the National School Boards Association.
Depending on the district, one officer could cost $50,000 to $80,000, according to the National Association of School Resource Officers. There are about 100,000 public schools in the country, putting the total in the billions each year.
The NRA has said it is sensitive to the cost issue, so it plans to offer free training for volunteers.
“Who is going to actually assure that these individuals really know what they’re doing?” says Daniel Webster, who heads the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun and Policy Research.
Webster says volunteer armed guards could add to schools’ liability insurance premiums, because of the risk of accidents.
Want a sign that business is hiring? For the first time since 2008, federal officials expect the 85,000 visas for foreign skilled workers will be snapped up in just a few days. The run on visas has reignited the debate over the number of available slots and whether businesses are treating their foreign workers fairly.
For some, demand for these visas is a very nice sign.
"This is encouraging for the economy. It’s also encouraging for young workers," says Tom Kochan, a management professor at MIT.
According to Kochan, recruiters have come back to campus, on the lookout for students studying science, technology, engineering and math.
A recent paper from the Brookings Institution found that those industries -- nicknamed STEM -- make up about two thirds of all H-1B visa applications. Brookings' Neil Ruiz says the visa cap can be a real problem.
"[In the] heartland, there's a huge demand for STEM workers in particular. And they really can’t find local workers to fill those job needs," he says.
MIT’s Tom Kochan understands some businesses truly can’t find who they’re looking for. But he also points out that a number of employers wind up paying foreign workers below what the company pays U.S. workers.
"I worry that it’s a cheap alternative, sometimes a revolving door where companies hire temporary workers at a lower wage," says Kochan, who adds that as Congress tackles immigration reform, lawmakers will take a close look at how to improve the foreign visa program.
If the Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards, which are set for 2025, were enforced today, how much less money would each American driver spend per year on gasoline?
a. 55% less
b. 48% less
c. 16% less
d. 1.5% less
Scroll down to see the answer and click on the audio player above to hear more about the impact of fuel economy standards.
Answer: a. 55% less, assuming fuel prices stay around $3.50 per gallon.
Sheryl Sandberg's new book on women and ambition has some critics wondering what a top tech industry executive can really tell the average American woman. Commentator Tania Lombrozo argues that not all books by women and for women need to be for all women.
Sheryl Sandberg's new book on women and ambition has some critics wondering what a top tech industry executive can really tell the average American women. Commentator Tania Lombrozo argues that not all books by women and for women need to be for all women.
The Connecticut Huskies are going to a record sixth-straight Final Four. California is in the Final Four for the first time. Tuesday night, the other two slots will be filled.