Creator of the Federal Pell Grant and former Rhode Island Senator, Claiborne Pell, passed away at the age of 90.
In other news, Cecilia Rouse, Labor Economist and Director of the Education Research Section at Princeton University, is expected to be named to the economic team of President-elect Obama. According to the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Obama is expected to draw on Ms. Rouse's expertise in the economic benefits of education investments as he prepares a stimulus package to help jumpstart the ailing economy. Among other things, the package is expected to focus on preparing workers for jobs in a global economy. Ms. Rouse has written on the benefits of attending community college. She has also argued that the use of school vouchers -- a staple of the Bush administration's stance on education -- doesn't dramatically improve student achievement.