Over at Thoughts from Kansas, Joshua Rosenau blogs about proposed budget cuts in California that would take a toll on education, specifically science classes. "When Governor Schwarzenegger proposes boosting class sizes, then, he is proposing to consign California's students to worse employment prospects. He risks their shot at starting the next great business, of inventing the next great leap forward," Rosenau writes.

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