Obama Orders to Test Workplace Ideas

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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama will sign an executive order this week that bars federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other.

He'll also direct the Labor Department on Tuesday to adopt rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race.

On Monday he will announce the 24 schools that will share in more than $100 million in grants to redesign their schools to better prepare high school students for college or for careers.

The moves showcase Obama's efforts to take action without congressional approval and demonstrate that even without legislation, the president can drive economic policy.

Republicans say Obama is pushing his executive powers too far and should do more to work with Congress.