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    What is EMU? - EMU stands for Economic and Monetary Union - a single currency for European Union countries.

    When did it start? - Gradually the currencies of participating countries will be replaced. It started on the 1st January 1999 and led up to the issue of "Euro Cash" i.e. notes and coins in January 2002.

    What is the EURO? - The EURO is the currency which the majority of member countries will use to replace their national currency.

    Which countries have joined so far? - Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are members of the EMU.

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    Archived financial stories in the media

    University chief says students must pay own way. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, UK says that the parental link to student contributions should be severed and teenagers persuaded to make a personal investment in their futures ...More from The Times

    Managing your college loans. You can consolidate them at favorable rates (year 2002) if you follow a few simple rules ...More from TIME

    A guide for silver spoon parents. Money is not the root of all evil — just money without values. You can help your kids appreciate both ...More from TIME

    UK children to get 40 (Approx. US$60) a week to study A levels. A 600 million (Approx. US$900,000) scheme to extend educational maintenance allowances across the country will be at the heart of a three-year spending review ...More from the Times

    Pay rise tackles teacher shortage. New York teachers could receive a 22% pay increase in a deal which will include a longer working day and more accountability ...More from the BBC

    More money for UK teaching science and enterprise. Gordon Brown will today give the clearest signal yet that education will be granted a massive cash boost over the next three years ...More from the Times

    Teens Earn $10,000 (approx. 6,500) To Keep Peers Away From Smoking. Fourteen-year-old Stephanie Cook feels strongly that kids should not smoke - so strongly that she is teaming with her school to reach hundreds of fellow students with "Teens Kicking Butts," a program she developed to educate her peers about not smoking ...More from Internet Wire

    UK further education colleges say 'we are broke'. FE colleges are to lobby Parliament with the message that they are in urgent need of extra funds ...More from the BBC

    Schools See Drawback to Parents' Fundraising. Montgomery County is struggling with how to allow families to pay for improvements for their public schools without creating a two-tier system of haves and have-nots ...More from the Washington Post

    US SAT Scores Available on Internet. High school students can end the nerve-racking wait for SAT scores a week early by getting their scores online, but it will cost them ...More from Wired News

    British middle classes to pay more for their campus days. Middle-class university students would have to pay more for their education under plans being drawn up by ministers ...More from the Times

    Students 'drinking their way into debt'. British students were told yesterday to reduce their drinking and spend more time in paid work, as the Government signalled that it would be taking a tough approach to undergraduate finance ...More from the Times

    School becomes cash-free to beat bullies. Edinburgh pupils are to be given swipe cards as a school aims to be a cash-free zone. The plastic cards will enable youngsters to pay bus fares, visit sports centres and buy their lunch. Organisers hope the project will help curb bullying of children for their dinner money ...More from Ananova

    Parents 'struggle to buy uniforms'. More and more British parents cannot afford to pay for their children's school uniforms and are turning to charity for help, research suggests ...More from the BBC

    National Union of Students says students would be better off on the dole. A student outside London living on the largest available loan has to survive on 29.11 a week, reports The Guardian. By comparison, the jobseekers' allowance for 18-to-24-year-olds provides 42 a week ...More from What The Papers Say

    Man repays $200 university grant with $150m. A man has expressed his gratitude for a grant his university gave him as a young man by leaving it $150 million (approx. 100m) in his will. New York University gave Julius Silver the $200 (approx 133) scholarship before he graduated in 1922. The former Manhattan lawyer's bequest will fund hundreds of new teaching positions ...More from Ananova

    'Poorly paid' British teachers admit they have enough cash. A new survey shows most teachers feel they have enough money and take at least two foreign holidays a year. The findings contrast with the popular image of teaching as a poorly-paid profession. Seven out of 10 teachers in the survey admitted they're 'comfortably off' and nine out of 10 own their own home ...More from Ananova

    UK students say higher debts are worth it. Students' debts have shot up - but most still drink, play hard and think university is great, a survey suggests ...More from the BBC

    College is out of reach for many. Financial aid, affordability vary widely among US states. With a college degree increasingly heralded as the ticket to economic security, opportunities for higher education are critical -- and not just for students ...More from USA Today

    UK working class students leaving university with heavier debts. The National Audit Office says working class students leave university with bigger debts than their middle class counterparts. They say the Government should do more to help poor undergraduates cope with the cost of doing a degree. In addition they want universities to set up "job shops" to help them find part-time work ...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)

    UK chancellor to pledge 10m for Commonwealth primary education. Chancellor Gordon Brown is pledging 10 million (approx.$15m) to promote primary education throughout the Commonwealth. Mr Brown says the Government will match the cash raised pound for pound ...More from Ananova

    UK universities offered money to take poorer students. Universities could be offered cash incentives to take low-income students. Government sources say a figure of 1,000 per student is being considered. The Government wants half of all people under 30 to experience to higher education by 2010 ...More from Ananova

    Children paid to attend lessons. Pupils at a once notorious school in West Yorkshire, are being offered cash to attend lessons. Children at the Ridings School could earn more than 60 ($90) a year if they go to all their classes. A temporary 'superhead' was hired in 1996 to turn around the failing school in Ovenden, then described as the worst in Britain ...More from Ananova

    School board obeys presidential directive to spend. The Chicago Board of Education seems to be taking seriously President Bush's pleas to spend, spend, spend to help avoid a major recession. The board has approved salaries for its new administrative team ...More from the Chicago Tribune

    Voters prompt UK grants rethink. BBC Education correspondent Mike Baker debates the government's decision to reassess the system of UK student loans and grants ...More from the BBC

    Teenagers lead way with online spending. Teenagers are spending millions of dollars online across Europe and the US and the market is forecast to grow rapidly, according to Datamonitor, the business information company ...More from the Financial Times

    UK teachers enticed with loans and bonuses. More than four out of 10 English local education authorities that took part in a PA News survey are struggling with teacher shortages. Young teachers are to get access to 10,000 interest-free loans to help them meet housing costs as part of a Government initiative to end teacher shortages ...More from Ananova

    Just Say No to College Aid? Dodging questions about drugs can keep qualified students out of college thanks to President Bush, who by the way never did say whether he did coke. Now, a group of students is hopping mad and out to change the law. ...More from Wired News

    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

    Cash bonus for top principals - Heads are moving towards City-style bonuses. Head teachers of successful schools in New York are to receive cash bonuses worth up to $15,000 (approx. UK 10,000). These business-style bonuses will be made to the principals of the 300 most-improved schools, in a move that follows prolonged debate about how to offer incentives to successful heads. In the United Kingdom, head teachers have called for such bonuses, calling for a cultural shift in how leaders in education are rewarded ...More from the BBC

    The Battle of the Budget. Debt is one of our most universally felt problems. Almost everyone has been in debt at some point. Debt can feel oppressive, frustrating and debilitating, but quite often it isn't as bad as it seems ...More from - Internal Article

    E-Rate's Enormous Growing Pains. The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing US schools into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent. What happened to the money?... More from Wired News

    UK Government will pay off student loans for teachers. The scheme, which will cost 25m in the first year and about 10,000 for each graduate, is part of "the government's five-year plan for improving secondary education," says The Guardian... More from What The Papers Say

    Fingerprint Scans Replace Lunch Money in Pennsylvania. A new system which uses fingerprint scanners to let kids pay for school lunches is getting raves from students and school administrators, but is making privacy advocates nervous... More from ABC News


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