examSAT scores continue to decline in New York City schools. As NBCNewYork.com reports: "It's a sad state for standardized tests. City and state SAT scores have plummeted for the fourth year in a row, according to new data."

Obama on Race to the TopThe Department of Education on July 24 featured a live video webcast where President Barack Obama, as the closing speaker, summed up the draft guidelines for his administration's $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" education fund.

Travel - afghanistanWith the completion of a new Tourist Information Center in the isolated Bamiyan Valley, local officials, residents, foreign donors, and a handful of international aid agencies are hoping to attract visitors and their money to the area.

Pope signs encyclicalPope Benedict XVI called for a “true world political authority” to manage the economy in his new encyclical on social justice. The encyclical, entitled “Charity in Truth,” was released by the Vatican on Tuesday and signed by the pope a day earlier.

McManusJohn Birch Society President John F. McManus brought a level of optimism to the freedom fight when he told the Fox News Network’s Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano July 1 that restoring freedom through pressure on the U.S. House of Representatives is “doable.”

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