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Gov. Jan Brewer speaks with Douglas Young, chairman of the Arizona Science Center’s board of directors, at an event in which she announced an education-reform plan dubbed Arizona Ready.

Gov. Jan Brewer is challenging Arizona to improve reading and math performance, raise high school graduation rates and increase the number of students receiving bachelor’s degrees. Those goals are the focus of an education-reform plan, built around the website ArizonaReady.com, that Brewer unveiled Thursday. Read more»

From left: Investor Eli Broad, Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Dell CEO Michael Dell. These titans of business have committed to improving education in American schools, but have been humbled to find change doesn't come easy even when big money is involved.

Philanthropists spend $4.4 billion over 10 years to improve schools, but are humbled by setbacks and the need for new approaches. Has this big money made the big impact that they — as well as teachers, administrators, parents and students — hoped for? Read more»