How Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Vince Lombardi Embraced Rule of Formidable Expectations

In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates was notoriously tough on his employees. Not only did he memorize license plates so he could tell who was still at work, he made a habit of sending 2 a.m. emails that started with, “This is the stupidest piece of code ever written.”

Steve Jobs could be an even tougher boss. According to one former employee: “Steve, like Napoleon, had two faces. On one side he was a brilliant genius and a true misfit. And the other side–his lack of care and sensitivity for people, his disrespect and dictatorial behavior–were all real.”

Then there’s Vince Lombardi, the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named. Hall of Fame lineman Jerry Kramer said of Lombardi, “He shouted, bullied, drove us, underpaid us and refused to spoil us.” Henry Jordan, another Hall of Famer, famously said, “He treats

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Colorado Board Of Education Limits Exceptions To Rule Requiring Teacher Training On Reading Instruction

The Colorado State Board of Education doesn’t plan to give school districts extra time to comply with a new rule requiring early elementary teachers to receive 45 hours of training on how to teach reading.

While the board acknowledged individual teachers facing extraordinary hardship may receive extensions, it generally agreed that schools or districts should not receive waivers from the existing timeline, as some district leaders or education groups have suggested.

The decision to limit extensions and waivers, backed by most of the board’s seven members at Thursday’s meeting, spotlights the board’s tendency to hold fast to efforts aimed at boosting the number of Colorado children who can read well by the end of third grade.

Last spring, the State board refused to shorten the 45-hour training length as some education groups had sought, and in July, it resisted a push to delay fall reading assessments for early elementary students

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New Trump rule ties college funding to speech, faith rights

The Trump administration is moving forward with a policy that expands protections for religious groups on college campuses and threatens to cut federal education funding to colleges that violate free speech rules.

The rule was issued by the Education Department Wednesday, less than two months before the election, and cements much of what President Donald Trump outlined in a March 2019 executive order demanding wider speech protections at U.S. colleges. In taking up the issue, Trump highlighted concerns from conservatives who complained that their voices had been suppressed on university campuses.

As part of the policy, the Education Department can suspend or terminate grants to public universities found in court to have violated the First Amendment. In extreme cases, schools could become ineligible for any further grants. The same actions could be taken against private universities found in court to have violated their own speech codes.

Public universities could also

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Federal judge blocks controversial rule on virus aid, school funding

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle granted state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to block a U.S. Department of Education rule that would have forced school districts to either share a higher portion of federal coronavirus emergency relief funds with private schools or limit spending the aid only to a particular subset of public schools in their boundaries.

The ruling, issued Friday, blocks the Education Department’s requirement nationwide, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

The rule, a departure from how districts are normally allowed to spend funds through the federal Title I formula, was issued last month as a stipulation for how districts could spend their share of the $13.5 billion in relief allocated to schools through the federal CARES Act coronavirus relief package.

Earlier this summer, Washington and five other states sued the Education Department on the grounds that it diverted emergency funds away from low-income students

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