Duly Noted: Nov 16 – Nov 22, 2009

  • University of Nebraska toyed with the idea of becoming the first university to impose stricter guidelines on stem cell research than federal guidelines allow.  On Friday, the resolution to restrict such research failed after the Board of Regent cast a 4-4 tie vote, disappointing the hopes of conservative activists groups on campus who have been pushing for such limits.
  • The Gates and Melinda Foundation is donating $290 million to three school districts and five charter school groups, the largest donation the foundation has made to education in a decade.  $100 million will go to the school district in Hillsborough County, Fla., schools; $90 million will go to the Memphis schools; $40 million will go to the Pittsburgh public schools.  In addition, $60 million will go to five charter schools in Los Angeles.
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