Pink Slips Latest Proof of Anti-Spending Pressure

Nobody likes the prospect of financially pressed school districts handing out thousands of pink slips to teachers, but Democrats' proposal for a $23 billion bailout attracted so many critics early on that it seemed doomed from the start, despite energetic lobbying by teachers' unions and congressional educational leaders. With rising taxpayer distress over deficit spending, the idea of pushing through a $23 billion bailout for anyone—even to save an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 teacher...

Oprah: A Biography

What's left to say about Oprah's against-all-odds rise to become one of the most powerful women in the world? Kitty Kelley's version includes the messy, contradictory, and less-than-inspirational bits that crack Winfrey's carefully crafted image as the nation's $2.4 billion Everywoman. Kelley (and particularly Crown Books) should get some points for taking a critical look at a diva with whom most authors and publishers wouldn't tangle.

Americans Have Highest Divorce, Remarriage Rate

OK, we still have the highest divorce rate in the world. But that's the problem—"We divorce, repartner, and remarry faster than people in any other country," says Andrew Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins sociologist and author of the new book The Marriage-Go-Round. Because many of the people racking up multiple marriages are also parents, American kids are more likely than those in other developed countries to live in a household with a revolving cast of parents, step-parents, and live-in partners...

How to Prevent a Tragedy

Tucked away in rural Southwest Virginia, remote Blacksburg is an unlikely spot for the worst school shooting in U.S. history. Nevertheless, an April 16 rampage by a mentally disturbed student, Seung-Hui Cho, left 32 people dead. In the wake of that tragedy, Virginia Tech has begun to make changes in its campus security, student-privacy policies and mental-health services. But it's not the only one. Here's what some institutions around the country are doing: Campuswide Text SystemsIn the...

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