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The Best of Our Knowledge # 1071

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Albany, NY – OPENING BILLBOARD & EDUCATION HEADLINES - Glenn Busby (1.30)

EDUCATION BUDGET PROPOSAL, FISCAL 2012
Part Two: Pre K - 12 Cuts and Investments -

As we witness massive education unrest unfold, and education budget upheavals all across the country, congress has been working on the administration's fiscal year 2012 budget for the U.S. Department of Education. This is the budget that begins in just a few short months, in the fall.

Last week, we gave listeners an overview of plans to trim certain areas of the federal education budget and add new monies to other areas. We also focused on the future of higher education and changes necessary to Pell Grants due to a forecast 20-Billion dollar deficit for just that one line item. You can still hear that program online at: http://www.wamc.org/prog-tbook.html. It's Show # 1070.

This week as promised, we report on the planned cuts and investments for Pre K through high school. There are many details in here that could impact listeners. So we advise you to listen closely to what the secretary reveals.

Glenn Busby reports. (12:58)

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
IRAQI MOTHER DETERMINED TO EDUCATE HERSELF AND CHILDREN -

While the eyes of the world are focused on current events and unrest in several locations in the Middle East, educators are determined to keep schools open for business.

In our final installment of our month-long recognition of Women's History Month, we hear next from this mother of four in Iraq who is trying to keep her children in school while she also attends college.

Blue Chevigny reports. (4:27)

THE ACADEMIC MINUTE
"ROCK FORMATION AND EARTH'S HISTORY" -

And now this week's Academic Minute professor discusses how rock formations provide exciting information about Earth's past. Dr. Robert Titus is a Professor of Geology at Hartwick College.

The Academic Minute is hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, a celebrated philosopher and medical ethicist, and President of Mount Holyoke College. (2:30)

**(Program Note: Next week we feature a Geobiologist as part of our NASA Astrobiology series. Tune in for that.)**

SHOW CLOSE - Glenn Busby. (1:30)