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Quick Takes: Bush Proposes Education Accounts for Gulf Coast Workers, Judge Dismisses ITT Suit, Voters Approve Bonds for Kirkwood CC, Setback for North Dakota on Mascot, $200 Million for African Universities, Student Health in Canada

Quick Takes: Bush Proposes Education Accounts for Gulf Coast Workers, Judge Dismisses ITT Suit, Voters Approve Bonds for Kirkwood CC, Setback for North Dakota on Mascot, $200 Million for African Universities, Student Health in Canada
September 16, 2005
  • President Bush said Thursday night that he would ask Congress to create $5,000 accounts that displaced workers in the areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina could use to pay for job training or higher education aimed at preparing themselves for new jobs. The plan was one of numerous proposals that the president offered in a prime-time speech outlining the federal government's response to the crisis that has enveloped the Gulf Coast regions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
  • ITT Educational Services, Inc. announced Thursday that a federal judge has dismissed a broad lawsuit brought by share holders who accused the for-profit education company of manipulating admissions and other information toinflate its profitability. The announcement came in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Voters in the seven-county area served by Iowa's Kirkwood Community College approved a $25 million bond issue aimed at financing new classrooms, labs and other instructional space, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.
  • The United Tribes of North Dakota has endorsed the National Collegiate Athletic Association's conclusion that the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname is "hostile and abusive," according to USA Today. The association of five federally recognized tribes in the state urged the NCAA to deny North Dakota's appeal of its inclusion on a list of colleges that would have their participation in championships limited as of February because they use Native American mascots or names.
  • Six American foundations are announcing today a plan to provide $200 million over the next five years to universities in seven African nations. The program is an expansion of an effort started in 2000 by four foundations to support universities in six African nations. The original foundations were the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford, MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations. Joining the effort today are the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The original countries in the program were Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Kenya is being added to the program being announced today.
  • Canadian students are smoking fewer cigarettes than they were six years ago but the effects of binge drinking and the prevalence of psychological stress are high and worrisome, according to the 2004 Canadian Campus Survey.
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