Thursday, April 10, 2008

Legislating progress?

Despite the budget crunch, the General Assembly is trying to do some good. While new energy research and certain universities' engineering buildings may or may not get funded, among bills making progress this week were job tax credits (McNally) for (among other beneficiaries) high-tech companies with jobs that align with "the core competencies of the state's research institutions..." Can't wait to learn what that means. Perhaps equally important, long term, the Assembly is seriously considering incentives for students and schools that offer International Baccalaureate programs, as well as AP courses. There has for about four years been a great IB program at Metro's Hillsboro HS, and former Metro Director Pedro Garcia had pushed the program. In the wake of his departure, IB's fate is unknown.

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