Verizon Communications and more than a dozen leading community advocacy groups in California launched an independent $25 million fund that will benefit community and educational programs serving the state's low-income, minority, ethnic and other "underserved" communities.

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley hailed the record $42.1 billion appropriations bill passed by Congress as "a landmark in the nation's commitment to the education of our children."

About 84 percent of all U.S. adults age 25 and over had high school diplomas and 26 percent had bachelor's degrees or higher -- both record highs, a survey conducted this year and released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau shows.

A corporate intern and scholarship program that links college students and the classroom into the real world of work is being launched jointly through an enhanced partnership of The Coca-Cola Company and The College Fund.

7-Eleven, Inc. is sponsoring subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition for more than 1,500 teens in high schools in the Greater Chicago area.

With the release of a new national plan, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

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