Huffington Post: “Star Wars” fans and pop culture gurus across the world did a collective gasp last week, when Disney bought Lucasfilm for an astounding $4.05 billion. Lucasfilm, owned by director and producer George Lucas, produced some cinema’s most iconic films, including “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Labyrinth.”
What is George Lucas going to do with the $4.05 billion now sitting in his bank account? According to The Huffington Post, he’s going to make sure that “the force may be with young Jedis everywhere.” Lucas will be donating the entirety of what he has earned from the deal with Disney to a foundation focused on education.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement this week. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”
New York Times: Students in New York City returned to class this week after Hurricane Sandy, but several dozen schools retained too much damage to reopen or are still being used as evacuation shelters.
The students from these schools experienced a first day back not unlike the first day of class at a new school: new commutes, new faces, and new schedules. Schools that made it through the storm relatively unscathed faced an influx of students from flooded areas, and have had to convert gyms and cafeterias into extra classrooms.
Needless to say, it’s been a confusing and stressful process for everyone involved. But getting young people back into a regular schedule allows them create a sense of normalcy and gives them a chance to begin rebuilding the lives they had before the storm washed them away.
Education Week: With President Barack Obama winning a second term as President of the United States, what does that mean for education reform? Education Week takes an extensive look at what the President, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and the Department of Education accomplished over the last four years, what was promised during campaign season, and what we could see happen in schools through 2016.