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What We're Reading | June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012 by George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Syrian government has released engineering student Yasmin Bakaji, who was arrested on May 29 for demonstrating against the government. Her restored freedom is largely due to the success of a Facebook page calling for her release, which quickly gained more than 1,100 followers and even led to public protests on her behalf. (cyberdissidents.org) School benchmarking, from Eric Hanushek’s view, provides new and important information to both states and districts that makes it clear what needs to be done in order to compete with other nations. Currently, the available information is difficult to interpret but benchmarking can allow students to compare themselves to other districts through state accountability measures. (Education Next, Eric Hanushek) Egyptian women won just 12 of the 498 parliamentary seats earlier this month, which constitutes only 2.4 percent. Onlookers continue to point to this and continued aggression toward women as a disturbing trend of Egyptian women losing important ground in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  


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