May 15, 2012
Now that most states have received or applied for relief from the No Child Left Behind Act, California is submitting its own proposal . And in true California fashion, it's - different. The state has long been at odds with the U.S. Education Department over the waiver process. Both sides agree that the federal law is flawed to the point of being counterproductive. But California won't agree to do what other states have promised to get out from under the law's most punitive measures: include standardized test scores as a significant component in the performance evaluations of individual teachers.
April 16, 2012 |
I don't mean to ruin your day, but your taxes are due tomorrow (Tuesday). Here are some tips for down-to-the-wire filers. First, use the Internal Revenue Service's e-file system. It's fast, safe and will get you any refund quicker, which is always a good thing. If you're mailing in your return, you can make sure you've got the right address by checking at www.irs.gov (click the "where to file" link). Your check should be payable to "United States Treasury" (not "that greedy so-and-so who keeps reaching into my pocket")
April 13, 2012 |
Procrastinators: Worried about having to file for yet another extension this year with the upcoming tax deadline? Breathe easy. Tax day is typically April 15. Every year, people across the nation rush to get their documents in order to meet that deadline. But this year, April 15 falls on a Sunday. And April 16 happens to be a Washington, D.C. holiday called Emancipation Day, which celebrates President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862.
December 22, 2011 |
As the clock counts down to Christmas Day, retailers have begun a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for last-minute gifts and hoping for final-weekend deals. Relishing the prospect of many all-day shoppers Saturday, stores across the nation are also extending hours, cutting prices and renewing bargain offers. Toys R Us stores nationwide began an all-day-all-night marathon that began Tuesday and continues until 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. That's a day longer than last year's endurance test.
September 1, 2011 |
Sarah Palin is giving indecision a bad name. Not only can't she decide whether to run for president, this week she even waffled over whether to keep a date to speak at a "tea party" rally in Iowa on Sunday, a Sarah-palooza her devotees have been organizing for weeks. Every other serious Republican presidential hopeful has already decided, one way or the other. Mitt Romney's been running for years. Rick Perry's been running for only three weeks, but he spent months laying the groundwork.
December 31, 2010 |
Perhaps you've just emerged from a Christmas food coma or have serious time management issues, but now you've arrived at New Year's Eve without plans. We've got you covered. From top-ticket bashes to fun stops with friends, here are a few quick points of navigation before your party ship sails. Pony up: If you love a good train wreck, get over your crowd complex and hit Hollywood. The mess of traffic, mile-long lines and drunken scenes is really what New Year's Eve is all about.