Defense Secretary Mattis predicts bigger defense role for private technology firms

Defense Secretary James Mattis says he sees a growing role for the technology industry in defending the United States. The comments suggest a potential untapped market for Amazon and Google, whose hometowns Mattis visited this week on a West Coast swing, and other large companies like Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Like the leaders of these tech companies, Mattis is focused on acquiring more expertise in artificial intelligence. The difference is his goal: getting it into the U.S. military faster, to make it a “more lethal and more effective” fighting force. “Many of the advances [in AI] are…

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Virginia’s Secretary of Education visits Hugh Mercer Elementary

Hadley Christie was in the middle of teaching a math lesson when Virginia’s secretary of education walked into her classroom at Hugh Mercer Elementary School on Thursday morning. Without skipping a beat, Christie asked her students to tell Dietra Trent what they were learning about. “Probabilities!” the second-graders chorused. As Trent watched, Christie showed the image of a bowl of mostly yellow M&Ms and a few green ones on a smart board, and asked what the chances were of pulling out a green M&M. Then she asked the girls to…

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Education Secretary fails to name any respected educational expert who wants more grammar schools

Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, has failed to name any respected educational expert or institution that supports extending grammar schools as she prepares to launch a consultation into the policy. Ms Greening also refused to rule out introducing quotas for the most disadvantaged children in England to attend to grammar schools, saying the Government would not elaborate on details before publication of a White Paper on the controversial policy. The Education Secretary’s comments come as she outlined at a speech on Thursday how the Government will introduce a new model for grammar…

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Obama announces his intent to nominate John B. King Jr. to officially take the role of education secretary

Senior Advisor Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education John King, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, attend an awards ceremony at Patterson Elementary School, to honor students for increasing their school attendance rate and to announce a national initiative to address and eliminate chronic absenteeism. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post) President Obama has nominated John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year. Officials at the White House had said before the announcement…

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