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Jo Johnson is new science minister

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:52
Jo Johnson, the brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson, is to be the new Minister for Universities and Science.

Chilean leader appoints new cabinet

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:50
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet names a new cabinet as she seeks to overcome a fall in popularity and a series of political scandals.

Burundi leader rejects poll delay

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:49
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza rejects pressure from the European Union (EU) and US to delay controversial elections set for June.

Morgan to tackle 'poor' schools

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:39
Nicky Morgan pledges to work with teachers to guarantee an excellent local school for every child.

Best view yet of Ceres' spots

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:38
The fascinating bright spots on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres are shown to be a clutch of many smaller dots in new, higher resolution images.

'Ginger revenge' cyanide plot denied

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:31
A man who felt "belittled by society" for being white and ginger-haired plotted a mass cyanide attack from his bedroom in Southampton, a court hears.

David Miliband criticises Ed's campaign

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:30
Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband criticises his brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party.

Tsarnaev 'sorry' as defence rests

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:30
Anti-death penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean says Tsarnaev expressed genuine regret and sorrow over the bombings.

The 'State of Preschool' really depends on your state

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-11 08:15

Providing all kids in the U.S. with high-quality, publicly-funded preschool would take a concentrated overhaul to strengthen and build up existing state programs.

At the current progress rate, preschool for all children would take 300 years to achieve, according to Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, which issued the State of Preschool 2014 report Monday.

The 2013-14 school year saw state funding for pre-K increase by more than $116 million nationwide, or 1 percent, adjusted for inflation. About half of that spending was in just one state — Michigan.

Barnett says since spending varies widely state to state, the country is still struggling to make gains in enrollment, funding and quality; ten states don't provide state-funded pre-K programs at all.

"When the average doesn't budge, but some places are moving rapidly ahead, that just tells you other places are dropping behind,” he says.

In five states in 2013-14, state funding per child for pre-K fell by 10 percent or more from the previous year, while in five different states, per-child spending increased by the same margin.

NIEERBarnett says the country spends about $1,000 less per pupil — adjusted for inflation — on pre-K now than a decade ago.

“Preschools are turning the corner, but they are turning so slowly," he says. "If we moved at the same rate as last year it would be 75 years before we enrolled half of the kids."

That's no exaggeration. From 2006 to 2010, enrollment increased every year at a steady pace. Barnett says that rate would have put half of the kids in the country in preschool in just 10 years. But from 2010 to 2014, there was effectively no progress made.

The report also reveals stark regional differences, with more students served in the east and south, compared to the west.

"It matters tremendously where you live," Barnett says. "Last time we measured quality, we saw the same disparities. There's no sense of urgency in many states."

He says more than half a million children — 40 percent of nationwide enrollment — were in programs that met less than half of the NIEER quality standards benchmarks.

"The vast majority of children served in state-funded pre-K are in programs where funding per child may be inadequate to provide a quality education."
—State of Preschool 2014

Barnett says investing in preschool yields a high return, but only if states also invest in high-quality education standards.

UK shares election rally peters out

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:57
UK shares dip in late afternoon trading on Monday, having been in positive territory for most of the day.

Pietersen boosts chances with 200

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:55
Kevin Pietersen gives a timely reminder of his talents to England's selectors with an unbeaten double century for Surrey.

Macedonia charges 30 after clashes

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:52
Prosecutors in Macedonia say they have charged 30 people with terrorism following deadly clashes in the northern town of Kumanovo.

Iraq killer 'not properly vetted'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:46
A British security guard who murdered two ex-servicemen in Iraq was not vetted properly by his employer, a coroner concludes.

Pozzovivo in shocking crash at Giro

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:44
Italian rider Domenico Pozzovivo is taken to hospital after a horrific crash during stage three of the Giro d'Italia.

The SNP's gradual approach begins

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:23
So where now? Politics never stands still and so progress, momentum and altered perspective there must be.

Gulf leaders 'snub' Obama summit

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:19
Many Gulf heads of state say they will skip the summit of US and allied Arab leaders at Camp David later this week, signalling their displeasure with US-Iran relations.

2 Inmates Are Dead After Riot At Nebraska Prison

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-11 07:13

It took authorities hours to control a riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution, where inmates started fires and destroyed properties.

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EU asks for UN help over migrants

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 06:52
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pleads for UN help to dismantle criminal groups smuggling migrants into European countries.

UKIP reject Farage resignation

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 06:51
Nigel Farage will stay on as UKIP leader after the party rejected his resignation.

Anger over Egypt minister's remarks

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 06:50
Egypt's Justice Minister Mahfouz Saber faces calls for his dismissal after he said the sons of rubbish collectors should not become judges.