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Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

UN Report – Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All

“This 11th EFA Global Monitoring Report provides a timely update on progress that countries are making towards the global education goals that were agreed in 2000. It also makes a powerful case for placing education at the heart of the global development agenda after 2015. In 2008, the EFA Global Monitoring Report asked – ‘will we make it?’ With less than two years left before 2015, this Report makes it clear that we will not. Fifty-seven million children are still failing to learn, simply because they are not in school. Access is not the only crisis – poor quality is holding back learning even for those who make it to school. One third of primary school age children are not learning the basics, whether they have been to school or not. To reach our goals, this
Report calls on Governments to redouble efforts to provide learning to all who face disadvantages – whether from poverty, gender, where they live or other factors.An education system is only as good as its teachers. Unlocking their potential is essential to enhancing the quality of learning. Evidence shows that education quality improves when teachers are supported – it deteriorates if they are not, contributing to the shocking levels of youth illiteracy captured in this Report.”

Mining, Quarrying, Oil and Gas Extraction Booming

From Utilities to Health Care to Manufacturing, Census Bureau Statistics Provide Look at U.S. Economy Since Recession: “The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector of the economy showed tremendous growth from 2007 to 2012 as the number of establishments rose by 26.4 percent, according to the 2012 Economic Census Advance Report released today by the U.S.Continue Reading

The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce

The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment, John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy, February 19, 2014 “The adequacy of the U.S. science and engineering workforce has been an ongoing concern of Congress for more than 60 years. Scientists and engineers are widely believed to be essential to U.S.Continue Reading

Who’s Overseeing Whom? The CIA, SSCI, and the Speech or Debate Clause

CRS – Who’s Overseeing Whom? The CIA, SSCI, and the Speech or Debate Clause “In a Tuesday floor speech, Senator Dianne Feinstein accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of monitoring a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) computer network that was used by Committee staff while conducting an investigation into CIA interrogation techniques.  Many facts remain in dispute, and indeed,Continue Reading

Federal Reserve releases results of Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR)

“The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it has approved the capital plans of 25 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). The Federal Reserve objected to the plans of the other five participating firms–four based on qualitative concerns and one because it did not meet a minimum post-stress capital requirement. StrongContinue Reading

Pew – From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond. A typology of public library engagement in America. “The digital era has brought profound challenges and opportunities to countless institutions and industries, from universities to newspapers to the music industry, in ways both large and small. Institutions that were previously identified with printed material—and its attendant properties of beingContinue Reading

404 Day: A Day of Action Against Censorship in Libraries

“Join EFF on April 4th for 404 Day, a nation-wide day of action to call attention to the long-standing problem of Internet censorship in public libraries and public schools. In collaboration with the MIT Center for Civic Media and the National Coalition Against Censorship, we are hosting a digital teach-in with some of the top researchersContinue Reading

FTC Testifies on Data Security Before Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

“In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission renewed its call for data security legislation and provided an update on its efforts to protect consumers’ privacy in the face of growing reports of data breaches. Testifying on behalf of the Commission before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez told lawmakers thatContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Federal Contracting, Int’l Food Aid, Medicare, USDA Litigation

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION: Observations on Key Factors in DHS’s Implementation of Its Partnership Approach, GAO-14-464T: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014. FEDERAL CONTRACTING: Noncompetitive Contracts Based on Urgency Need Additional Oversight, GAO-14-304: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014. F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER: Slower Than Expected Progress in Software Testing May Limit Initial Warfighting Capabilities, GAO-14-468T: Published: MarContinue Reading

Pew – State of the News Media 2014

Amy Mitchell, State of the News Media 2014 – “In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimismContinue Reading