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A Glass of Red Wine a Day for the Global Economy

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Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs. . . ."The upside is so huge that if we are right, the company that dominates the sirtuin space could dominate the pharmaceutical industry and change medicine," Dr. David Sinclair of the Harvard Medical School, a co-founder of the company, said Tuesday.
--New York Times, June 4, 2008


Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan announced a new partnership with the The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to support a new effort to strengthen accountability throughout every school and every central office, and empower staff with critical skills that can be used to improve student achievement and district performance.

Under this $2.9 million grant to be received over the next 18 months, the Chicago school system will administer red wine in key positions: Central office, faculty rooms throughout the city, and prior to all DIBELS testing in K-3.

This commitment will allow the district to:

  • Provide key impetus to student's academic growth and attendance, to teachers and other staff in order to guide instruction and improve student achievement

  • Improve student performance to ensure that NO CHILD is left behind and workers are ready for the Global Economy

  • Improve staff morale

  • Jump start decision-making impetus for ensuring success in the 21st Century Global Economy and enhance efficiency and effectiveness in supporting overall district performance goals

  • "We are extremely grateful to The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation for their confidence and support for Chicago's efforts to become a national leader in empowering our staff and our children in the primary grades with the tools and information to make our entire district as efficient and effective in preparing students for their place in the Global Economy," said CEO Arne Duncan.

    Asked if the rumor that a pint a day will raise test scores, District spokesmen refused comment, insisting that preliminary data have not yet been evaluated.

    "The district's initiative will create an environment that encourages everyone in the school district - principals, teachers, administrators and parents and children - to improve student performance as future productive citizens in the Global Economy," said Marilyn Stewart, President of the Chicago Teachers Union (AFT). "It is clear that the forward-looking school will follow the science and use red wine to drive decision-making and improve instruction and test achievement, and all that."

    — Staff
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