USA Today – Courtney Connley
“Students looking to bring home the best pay throughout their careers may want to consider careers in law, medicine or engineering. According to a report from job search platform Glassdoor, some of the best-compensated jobs in the U.S. are concentrated in those fields. To compile its list of highest-paying jobs in America, Glassdoor examined the job titles that received at least 100 salary reports over the past year and applied a statistical algorithm to estimate the annual base pay for each. C-suite level jobs were excluded from the list.”(more)
The Sun Sentinel – Scott Travis, Brittany Shammas & Leslie Postal
“Florida parents can pick any public school in the state for their children, hopscotching over traditional attendance lines and county boundaries, starting in the 2017-18 school year. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a sweeping education bill (HB 7029) that pumps up school choice in Florida…lawmakers and education advocates who pushed the bill say it gives parents more options. “This legislation removes district boundary lines as barriers blocking students from attending public schools that best meet their needs. More children now will have a chance to succeed in the classroom,” said Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future…High school students who transfer will be immediately eligible to play sports, as long as they don’t play the same sport at two different schools within a school year.”(more)
EdSource – Andrea Ball
“This is a year of unexpected opportunity to strengthen early childhood programs and policy in California. The new federal education law, Governor Jerry Brown’s surprising early education budget proposal and the continued commitment of the Legislature to early childhood programs together offer a unique chance for state policymakers and local educators to deepen support for early learning programs and address achievement gaps. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the title of the federal law, contains new recognition of the importance of early childhood education…And for the first time, federal professional development funds will include preschool administrators and teachers, including those who work with pre-kindergarten dual-language children.”(more)
China Daily- Zhu Wenqian
“BASF director says the firm is coasting on its long history with China to industrial glory
BASF SE’s association with China goes back all the way to 1885. Over the last 130 years, the Ludwigshafen, Germany-headquartered 150-year-old multinational, which deals mainly in chemicals, plastics, performance products, crop protection products, petrochemicals, nutrition and health products, oil and gas, has made China key to its growth and evolution.
Sanjeev Gandhi, 49, one of BASF’s executive directors, now heads the company’s operations in Greater China and Asia Pacific. A BASF veteran, Gandhi has risen through the ranks over 22 years to reach the Board of Executive Directors.”(more)
China Daily- Du Juan/Cui Jia
“China’s first educational institute of its kind focusing on counterterrorism law has been created at a university in Northwest China, which aims to build a pool of legal experts to help China combat terrorism.
The institute was set up by the Northwest University of Political Science and Law in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, and is expected to receive its first class of undergraduates in spring semester.
“To better fight terrorism under new circumstances, China has an urgent and strategic need for a team of qualified experts who have comprehensive knowledge in the field,” Jia Yu, president of the university, said at the launching ceremony for the institute on Saturday.”(more)
REUTERS- Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
“International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) was granted the most U.S. patents for the 23rd year in a row in 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm IFI Claims Patents Services.There were 298,407 utility patents granted in 2015, down slightly from 2014, IFI Claims said on Wednesday. IBM gained 7,355 patents last year. Utility patents cover function rather than design.Among the technology giants notable for their intellectual property, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google stepped up its patent activity, moving to the fifth position from eighth in 2014, while Apple Inc (AAPL.O) stayed at the 11th position.”(more)