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Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 286) 03 June 2014
- Urvashi Sahni
#GirlsEdu: Equality and Education from the Ground Up in India

Last month, India emblemized its role as the world’s largest democracy as over 800 million eligible voters went to the polls in what may have been the largest democratic event in history. High on the list of priorities for all contesting parties was women’s empowerment, women’s equality and overall safety for women. In fact, surveys show more than 90 percent of Indian voters see combating violence against women as a priority and 75 percent of men and women believe that the political promises made to advocate women's rights have been inadequate so far.

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Research

Public Rules on Private Schools: Measuring the Regulatory Impact of State Statutes on School Choice Programs
Author: Andrew D. Catt
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, May 2014

Abstract: This report provides a framework for understanding the impacts of state government statutes regulating private schools, regulations distinct to a given school choice program, and any regulatory growth over a program’s lifespan. Examining school choice programs in operation for at least a few years provides important context and comparisons for policymakers considering additional regulations on current programs, as well as for school choice advocates pursuing new or expanded programs.

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Education News
 

Government of India and World Bank Sign $1006.2 Million Agreement to Improve Learning Outcomes and Retention in Elementary Education
- The World Bank, 29 May 2014
NEW DELHI, May 29, 2014 - The government of India and the World Bank today signed a $1.006 billion ($1006.20 million) credit agreement to improve education outcomes of elementary school children (covering Grades 1 to 8) in India.

U.N. global survey: Education top priority despite wealth
- MSNBC, 31 May 2014
Education is a top priority among developed and third-world nations alike, beating political freedoms and gender equality, according to a new global poll.

Asian Countries Beat Western Nations in 2014 Global Education Index With South Korea On Top
- Inernational Business Times, 02 June 2014
Many Asian countries fare better than their Western counterparts in imparting education to their citizens, thanks to clear targets set for the educational system and a strong culture of accountability among all stakeholders, including parents and students, according to a new report.

Universal School Choice: A Reform for the 21st Century
- The Foundry, 02 June 2014
In his seminal work, “Free to Choose,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman outlined his case for universal school choice, advocating for robust voucher systems for elementary and secondary education that “would give parents at all income levels freedom to choose the schools their children attend.”

Radically reforming higher education
- The Hindu, 02 June 2014
In spite of having immediate access to a large body of knowledge, Indians are largely consumers rather than producers of knowledge.

India-Israel to strengthen cooperation in education sector
- The Times of India, 31 May 2014
NEW DELHI: Alon Ushpiz, the ambassador of Israel to India met Smriti Irani, minister of Human Resource Development, on Thursday to discuss strengthening of educational relations between India and Israel.

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Factoid
“Out of more than two million votes in an ongoing global survey, education remained a prime concern regardless of a country’s human development index (HDI)” Source: MSNBC

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