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March 10 - Maryland is one of several states in the process of adopting new national academic standards for mathematics and English. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are leading the initiative to establish common standards, citing the need for education that better prepares students for college and careers after high school. State boards of education are in the process of reviewing the new standards for a vote on whether to implement the changes. In February, Kentucky became the first state to adopt the proposal. Officials in Maryland are considering a possible spring vote, and Ohio officials said they will vote on June 8. This current trend is an impetus for President Obama's campaign to improve the quality of education nationwide.
March 10 - President Obama announced the names of the foundations that will receive money from his Nobel Peace Prize win last October. In a statement delivered last Wednesday, Obama noted that "these organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need.” Obama decided to divide the $1.4 million prize between 10 charities. He offered $750,000 to six organizations that support college-bound students and $200,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund for rebuilding efforts. An additional $125,000 will be awarded to six other organizations, including the Posse Foundation, Negro College Fund, the American Indian College Fund, College Summit, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation.
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