Quick Takes: Defeat for Evolution in Kansas, Income Decline Projected, U. of Colorado Foundation Criticized, 12 to Receive U.S. Humanities Medals, Senate Proposes Extension of College Tax Break

November 9, 2005
  • The Kansas Board of Education on Tuesday approved new science standards for the state's public schools that -- over the objections of scientists in the state and nationwide -- question evolution and require that students be exposed to challenges to evolution, such as "intelligent design." Scientists say that the alleged challenges are inaccurate and will hurt the education of Kansas students.
  • If current trends continue, the proportion of American workers with high school diplomas and college degrees will decline over the next 15 years, and income levels will drop as a result, according to a report being released today by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
  • The state auditor of Colorado on Tuesday issued a report criticizing spending practices and oversight at the University of Colorado Foundation. University officials have already pledged to improve management of the foundation, and to carry out the auditor's recommendations.
  • President Bush will award the National Humanities Medal tomorrow to 11 scholars and writers and to the Papers of George Washington Project at the University of Virginia. The scholars include Walter Berns of Georgetown University, Eva Brann of St. John's College in Annapolis, John Lewis Gaddis of Yale University and Alan Charles Kors of the University of Pennsylvania and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
  • Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation Tuesday that would extend through 2010 an expiring federal tax provision that allows taxpayers who earn up to $65,000 ($130,000 for married couples) to deduct as much as $4,000 in higher education expenses from their taxable income. The tax plan, which the Senate is expected to consider as part of its reconciliation process,would also extend for a year a tax credit for businesses that sponsor research and development.
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