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March 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Gavin Newsom: technology can strengthen citizenship, reinvent government

Update 4:55 p.m.: Here’s the video of Newsom’s Town Hall talk, courtesy of The Seattle Channel. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5201308&file=1″ width=”630″ height=”500″ scrolling=””/] Original post: California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn’t buy into the notion that politicians can solve all our problems. We must save ourselves, he says, and the only way to do so is to…

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Comments | More in Video | Topics: citizenship, data, democracy

February 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Michelle Rhee: Education reforms are common sense

If Michelle Rhee is the Devil incarnate as her critics insinuate, Satan’s time observing the challenges of public schools was well spent. Rhee notes characteristics of poor-performing schools: low expectations – particularly of low-income and minority students – uneven teacher quality – marked by the worse teachers in the poorest schools –  and a bloated bureacracy paralyzed by dueling views on education reforms. Solutions  – big…

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Comments | Topics: children, Education, family

January 30, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Hoping Microsoft gets Office 365 right this time

Turns out software companies want to be more like newspapers. Microsoft launched the new version of Office 365, at the subscription price of $99.99 per year. Office 2013, the traditional version of the software, costs $140 in comparison and can be used as long as your computer lives. Google Docs is the competitor to both with…

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