If improving the “rigor” of education studies has been the watchword for much of the work carried out by the U.S. Department of Education’s key research agency over the past seven years, “relevance” and “usefulness” seem to be shaping up as twin themes for the half-dozen years ahead. . . .
Details are starting to emerge about a study planned by the U.S. Department of Education to determine what states are doing with their education money under the economic-stimulus law and whether the efforts being funded improve schooling. . . .
London’s role as the European Union’s equivalent to Hong Kong, a self-regulating financial center, is ending, according to Thomas Huertas, the banking director at the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority. . . .
Dignitaries ranging from former Secretary of State George Shultz to retired Marine Col. Dan O'Brien to the police chiefs of more than a dozen Bay Area cities were on hand Monday to see Dennis Burns sworn in as Palo Alto's police chief in a ceremony at Stanford University's Arrillaga Alumni Center. . . .