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* Doug Luciani, who heads the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, talks about his involvement with the Children's Leadership Council and the ongoing efforts to improve Michigan's policies on pre-K education. (Editor's note: The Center for Michigan, Bridge's parent, is a member of the CLC.):

http://nwmichigan.secondwavemedia.com/features/dougluciani73112.aspx

* Now that the primary dust is settling, check out the money behind the candidates in the House of Representatives:

http://www.mcfn.org/pdfs/reports/House_pre-prim_2012.pdf

* The New York Times looks at the trend of longer school years and alternative school calendars:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/education/some-schools-adopting-longer-years-to-improve-learning.html?_r=1

* A round-up of views on year-round schooling:

http://www.nea.org/tools/17057.htm

* Using a broad calculation of what constitutes a "good job," an analysis of compensation data found that the percentage of Americans holding such a gig fell from 27 percent in 1979 to 24 percent now. Those whose education ends with a high school diploma appear to have poor odds of landing one of those "good jobs":

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/08/good-job-hard-find

 

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