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    Savvy school or capitalist tool? The debate heats up over whether a cash-strapped California school district should be allowed to sell the naming rights for its schools to corporations ...More from Wired News

    Furor over MBA study by Stanford researchers. Stanford study contends MBA degrees overrated. For many would-be executives and entrepreneurs, an MBA degree is supposed be the ticket to career success. Two researchers at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business are turning that notion on its head ...More from the San Francisco Chronicle

    World Bank pushes 'education for all'. Plans to ensure universal primary education are backed by finance ministers meeting in Washington ...More from the BBC

    Business Education: Connectivity Kings: Oh, Canada. With 60 % of its households connected to the Internet, Canada is well ahead of the United States. But Canadians lag well behind their southern neighbors in terms of spending their cash ...More from Wired News

    Oxford Online: Will People Pay? Oxford University Press has launched what may be the world's largest reference collection on the Internet -- with a hefty fee to view it ...More from Wired News

    Europe's Scientists Discover Gold. The ivory tower of European basic science is under siege from venture capitalists scouring the academic world for marketable ideas, just like they've been doing in the cash-conscious United States for decades. Daithí Ó hAnluain reports from Ireland ...More from Wired News

    Science & Technology: Virtual world grows real economy. A computer game played by thousands of enthusiasts over the Internet has spawned an economy with a per-capita income comparable to that of a small country, according to new research by a US economist ...More from the New Scientist

    Volatile markets were also a thing of the past. The trading markets of ancient Babylon are believed to have been as unstable as our own. Prices of agricultural goods there changed a lot and the death of Alexander the Great led to 20 years of economic instability. Historians made the discovery by studying 3,000 clay tablets which noted the price of foods and materials ...More from Ananova

    World government reports indicate that more than 5.5 million jobs worldwide have been eliminated due to corporate downsizing. A former senior editor for the US based "Success Magazine, describes in his recent book, that a shift in thinking has resulted in over 14 million people working from home full-time, and another 13 million part-time. This number is increasing by almost 600,000 per year. And the average work from home income is $50,250 per year ...More from (Commercial)

    Learning to run the store: Urban youngsters receive guidance in being their own bosses The trio met in a class at Largo High School and today call themselves the "Aquatic Kings." Their business slogan: "Treating Your Fish Like Royalty" ...More from the Washington Post

    Computing students downgrade their desires. With the sector in crisis, the next generation of IT professionals are fearing the worst. Some are beginning to rethink their career priorities ...More from the Financial Times

    UK Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris announces plan for increased private sector involvement in schools. Under the terms of the White Papers presented yesterday, "failing" schools will be forced to accept tenders from private firms, non-profit organisations and other schools, reports The Independent. "If it was April 1st, I could understand it," says Graham Lane, chairman of the Local Government Association, quoted in The Mirror ...More from What The Papers Say

    Ex-Clinton advisor heads up London Business School. A former economic adviser to Bill Clinton is to be the new head of London Business School. Laura Tyson, dean of the University of California, Berkeley business school, is the only woman currently leading a major business school in the US ...More from Ananova

    Kim sells workers to gulags in debt deal. In an extraordinary effort to maintain its status as an honest debtor, North Korea is to repay loans worth billions of pounds to Russia by sending thousands of workers to Siberia ...More from the Times

    Ask MyRichUncle to Pay for School. American students paying for college can get financial help from a new website, if they agree to pay investors a fixed percentage of their future income. Also: Free online mini-courses at the University of Washington ...More from Wired News

    "Break a Rule, Bad Girl". "You have to learn how to become a bad girl, because bad girls always finish first". Laurel J. Delaney, an MBA teacher at Loyola University Chicago, writes for ...More from - Internal Article

    FBI to investigate school spending, expenses. After years of complaints from parents about San Francisco's crowded, ill-equipped and run-down schools, the FBI has been called in to find out whether the mess is more than just a matter of bad management. ...More from CNN

    Bill takes on ads at school. The US Senate is considering provisions to a bill that would restrict the amount of information marketers can zap students with. Naturally, the ad people don't like it ...More from Wired News

    UK Baby Bonds. The Guardian describes Labour's plans to set up trust funds for children as signalling that the government is no longer simply concerned with addressing income inequality, but also the distribution of assets ...More from the Guardian

    Profs Unionize, Colleges Monetize. Academics are rapidly joining teachers' unions as their schools continue to move to more business-like approaches to academic operations. Katie Dean talks with Jamie Horwitz, spokesman for the American Federation of Teachers. ...More from Wired News Radio (7:55 min.)

    Techies Learn to Go It Alone. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute receives a $1 million donation to pump up entrepreneurship at the university. Also: Black colleges assess their information technology goals.... Art history goes online.... And more, in Katie Dean's education notebook ...More from Wired News

    Employers Fight Over Minority M.B.A. Grads. Boardroom bound: As the demand for minorities with business-school degrees outstrips the supply, those graduating from good programs are left to mull an assortment of offers, signing bonuses and other perks ...More from the Wall Street Journal

    Pass or Fail. The Web is transforming education -- what we learn, how we learn, where we learn. But a question looms: Is there a business in this?... More from the Wall Street Journal

    Own a Bank in Eight Weeks or Less. The latest in personal finance: Now you can have your own offshore bank for only $9,999 and without a background check -- or so the Internet ad promises... More from Wired News

    Grad Schools Back in Business. The dot-com debacle turns into a boon for business schools as droves of pink-slippers head back to class. Also: AT&T gives MentorNet $300K to encourage minority women to enter scientific programs. (Radio Clip - 5 min.)... More from Wired News

    Education Grads Have Plenty of Options. So, teachers are ready, willing, and able to serve small businesses. Is there a catch? Well, there is a teacher shortage, and the U.S. Department of Education predicts that it will reach crisis proportions with an expected increase in students, and when teachers born during the baby boom start to retire and there aren't enough young teachers around to replace them. Every bright communicator-negotiator-manager that an entrepreneur entices away from a school is one less educator teaching America's children... More from the Wall Street Journal

    A profit on every campus. Forget deconstructionism. The talk at top campuses these days is about "bytes of delivery" and "branding." At US schools the goal is to develop Internet courses, filling the coffers without cheapening the school's name... More from US News

    Undergrads Grab Dot-Com Dollars. Student moguls are easily covering college costs with the revenue from their online ventures. Colleges are getting into the spirit as well, providing business "incubators" to help young Web entrepreneurs get started... More from US News

    SEC Makes Kid Return Fortune. A New Jersey teen returns more than a quarter of a million dollars after the US Securities and Exchange Commission charges him with illegal stock manipulation... More from Wired News

    Top Business Schools E-Align. The cry "Go CavalierQuakerBears" may not resound through the campuses of UC Berkeley, Michigan, and Virginia in the fall, but the three will share MBA classes on the Net... More from Wired News

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