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Provide Scholarships For Local Students

June 6, 2014: 

Since 2001, the St. Augustine & St. Johns County Board of REALTORS® has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors to help them defray the cost of attending college. “We only have 850 members,” says association executive Victor J. Raymos. “Imagine what a large association could do.” At this point, they’ve got the process down. At the start of each school year, members of the education committee reach out to area schools, publicizing the $1,000-per-student scholarship program.

Serve on a School Board

June 6, 2014: 

There are 14,000 school boards around the country--and there’s no greater commitment a REALTOR® can make to improving public education than serving on one of them. School boards are grappling with major issues that affect public education. According to a survey of more than 1,000 school board members released by the National School Boards Association in 2011, the most urgent issues school boards face today include raising student achievement levels and uncovering new funding sources--issues that can have an enormous impact on the quality of life and future of communities.

Participate in the School of the Future Design Competition

June 6, 2014: 

Cosponsored by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the School of the Future Design Competition is a nationwide program that encourages middle schoolers to learn about creating sustainable school environments that are healthy and energy efficient. The competition is a way for REALTORS® to connect with students, schools, and the community. NAR encourages REALTOR® associations and REALTORS® to participate in this innovative program.

The Main Street Patent Coalition Publishes Ad on Patent Trolls

June 5, 2014: 

"Congress needs to act to protect REALTORS® and other main street business owners from costly, frivolous patent litigation that ultimately stifles innovation and makes it harder to meet clients’ needs. Too much money and time has already been wasted because patent trolls are legally allowed to demand licensing fees from responsible Realtors who use every day business technologies like scanner copiers and drop down menus on their websites. NAR calls on the Senate to come back to the negotiating table and pass bipartisan comprehensive patent reform.” 2014 NAR President Steve Brown

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How Schools are Funded

June 4, 2014: 

There are nearly 50 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States. Each year, it costs roughly $10,000 per student to teach them everything from the fundamentals of reading and writing to algebra and environmental science, to teach them how to work together, and, ideally, to prepare them for college. During the 2006-2007 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S.

Federal Education Programs: The Politics of Reform

June 4, 2014: 

When the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space in 1957, reactions among political leaders in the United States ran the gamut from outrage to indifference.