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Race to the Top, Wednesday, 7/25
Announced on July 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan , Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion grant for K-12 education reform to strengthen teaching and learning. It was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and sought several goals: develop rigorous standards and better assessments; adopt better data systems to provide schools, teachers, and parents with information about student progress; support teachers and school leaders to become more effective; and increase emphasis and resources for the rigorous interventions needed to turn around the lowest-performing schools. Florida and New York received the highest awards of $700 million, followed by Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio, earning $400 million each.
Ignatius of Loyola, Tuesday, 7/31
Founder of the Jesuit order of Roman Catholic missionaries and educators, Ignatius of Loyola died of malaria in Rome on July 31st, 1556. Ignatius came from a prominent Spanish family and was trained as a knight. While in convalescence from war injuries, he began reading the Bible and pursued higher religious studies in Barcelona, Alcala, and Paris, determined to become a priest and grow the Society of Jesus. He founded Rome College, later known as Gregorian University; the Germanicum, a school for German priests; and many charitable organizations -- all of which saw the importance of education. Ignatius of Loyola was canonized as a saint in 1622 and to this day Jesuit education remains strong throughout the world.
Remembering Amelia Earhart, Monday, 7/2
On July 2, 1937 famed aviatrice Amelia Earhart, together with navigator and former Pan American pilot Frederick Noonan, lost contact near Howland Island in the center of the pacific Ocean during their voyage around the world. The United States Coastguard had received reports of their being lost and lack of fuel. The newly refurbished Lockheed plane had set off from Miami on June 1, having completed 22,000 miles, with stops in South America, Africa, India, SouthEast Asia, and New Guinea, only to never be heard of again. It is believed that Earhart landed in the ocean, while many theories have sought to explain her mysterious disappearance, as well as that of her plane and navigator.
News will document the career and life of Amelia Earhart who made the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by an American woman when she took off from Newfoundland and bound for Paris.
Live Aid, Friday, 7/13
A global rock concert that raised relief for famine-stricken Africa, Live Aid was conceived by Irish singer Bob Geldof who had travelled to Ethiopia after learning of the hundreds of thousands who had starved. The 16-hour event opened at Wembley Stadium in London, was broadcast around the world, with concurrent concert at John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. While Live Aid was attended by 100,000 people, there was an estimated 1.9 billion viewers from 150 nations, making it the largest satellite broadcast events of all time. Among the performing musicians were Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cindy Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Elton John, Sting, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and many more. Live Aid raised $127 million dollars; surplus grain to be sent to Africa; and earned Geldorf a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Geldof went on to organize a series of "Live 8" concerts in eleven countries to raise awareness of poverty.
Rosetta Stone Found, Thursday, 7/19
Rosetta Stone was a a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing found by Pierre Bouchard, one of Napolean's soldiers, some 35 miles north of Alexandria on July 19, 1799. The discovery revealed the value of hieroglyphics as a key to understanding ancient civilization and culture; identical in meaning was the decree written by priests in Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Egyptian demotic that honored Ptolemy V, king of Egypt.
The stone was transferred to the British Museum in London in 1802, following the defeat of Napolean Bonaparte by the British. Except for two years during World War I, when it was hidden in Holburn's underground railway station, the Rosetta Stone has resided in the British Museum.
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