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ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM ENRICHES STUDENTS, COMMUNITIES

An Effingham-based entrepreneurship program allows teens and local businesses to learn from each other, pumping life into their communities and offering students in-depth business education and entrepreneur experience. Along with learning business skills, students learn about their communities and local industries while gaining mentors and network connections. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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ILLINOIS ACT IS OUT SAT IN

Illinois has decided to drop the longtime ACT college entrance exam given free to high school juniors and instead give 11th-graders the rival SAT exam. The state budget stalemate has further complicated the matter, with dozens of districts deciding to pay for the testing.

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WEALTH & EDUCATION

College graduates weather economic downturns better than those with less education. That’s the assumption, but is it true? Only for Asians and non-Hispanic Whites, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

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OBAMA SIGNS EDUCATION BILL

President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday a sweeping bipartisan education bill that makes some of the most significant changes in federal education policy in more that an decade. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaces the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind law, returning to the states powers to determine how poorly performing schools should be… read more

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RURAL VIEW

More people are finding work but job totals in rural America remain below pre-recession levels, says the USDA in “Rural America at a Glance,” an annual digest of the rural economy. “Rural areas continue to experience population loss, higher poverty rates, and lower educational attainment than urban areas.”

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COLLEGE BOUND

A national push to get more people into college isn’t getting a passing grade – Just under 66% of recent high-school grads were enrolled in two- or four-year college programs in 2013, down from 68.6% in 2008, according to research by the American Council on Education.

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AG & ENERGY

The American Farm Bureau Federation Foundation for Agriculture has launched new online-based curriculum resources on renewable and other forms of energy for middle- and high-school educators and volunteers.

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KIDZEUM

The Kidzeum of Health and Science in Springfield has raised $5.25 million toward what is now a $6.8 million fundraising goal for the planned children’s museum downtown. A group of 17 County Farm Bureaus announced a $50,000 donation Monday toward a “Farm to Market” exhibit that would walk children through agricultural production from planting to… read more

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INHERITED EDUCATION

The “education advantage” appears to be passed down from parents to children even more strongly than the income advantage, according to a Brookings Institution study. An analysis of the educational attainment of fathers and their adult children finds 46 percent of children whose fathers were in the top education quintile also ended up in the… read more

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SAT SCORES AND INCOME

The Wall Street Journal reports that students who took the SAT in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket on every section of the test. Students from the wealthiest families outscored those from the poorest by just shy of 400 points.

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