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A Report Card on Child Homelessness

America’s Youngest Outcasts – A Report Card on Child Homelessness, American Institute of Research, November 2014: “America’s Youngest Outcasts reports on child homelessness in the United States based on the most recent federal data that comprehensively counts homeless children, using more than 30 variables from over a dozen established data sets. A staggering 2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the United States. Child homelessness increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia from 2012 to 2013. Children are homeless in every city, county, and state—every part of our country. Based on a calculation using the most recent U.S. Department of Education’s count of homeless children in U.S. public schools and on 2013 U.S. Census data:

• 2,483,539 children experienced homelessness in the U.S. in 2013.
• This represents one in every 30 children in the U.S. From 2012 to 2013, the number of children experiencing homelessness annually in the U.S.:
• Increased by 8% nationally.
• Increased in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
• Increased by 10% or more in 13 states and the District of Columbia”

New GAO Reports – Cybersecurity, Management of Excess Uranium, Homeland Security, Indian Affairs

Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Address Challenges Facing Federal Systems, GAO-15-573T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Department of Energy: Management of Excess Uranium, GAO-15-475T: Published: Apr 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2015. Homeland Security Acquisitions: Addressing Gaps in Oversight and Information is Key to Improving Program Outcomes, GAO-15-541T: Published: Apr 22,Continue Reading

Are You Looking to Buy a Home?

“Buying a home is one of the most exciting yet one of the most difficult financial decisions you will make. Understanding the costs of real estate settlement services, defining what affordable means to you, and finding the best mortgage are among the many aspects you’ll need to consider. This new toolkit (PDF) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), offers aContinue Reading

The Role of Policy in Achieving Shared, Sustainable Economic Prosperity

“GrowthPolicy.org pulls together recent research by Harvard faculty about economic growth. Our goal is to disseminate Harvard research to a broad audience in order to inform debate about the role of policy in achieving stability in our financial systems and shared, sustainable economic prosperity. GrowthPolicy.org is a project of: The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business &Continue Reading

Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?

Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse? by Juan M. Sánchez and Lijin Zhu in Economic Synopses, 2015, No. 7. St. Louis Fed. “A delinquency rate of 15 percent for all student loan borrowers implies a delinquency rate of 27.3 percent for borrowers with loans in repayment. Over the past decade, the percent ofContinue Reading

New State of America’s Libraries Report finds shift in role of U.S. libraries

ALA News: “According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic lifeContinue Reading

Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe

The London Manifesto: “Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. We areContinue Reading

The Economy Goes to College: The Hidden Promise of Higher Education in the Post-Industrial Service Economy

College-Educated Workers Now Produce More Than Half of the Nation’s Annual Economic Value, According to New Georgetown University study: “The findings contradict the fear that good manufacturing jobs of the past are being replaced with low – paid, dead-end service jobs (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015) – College-educated workers make up only 32 percent ofContinue Reading

New GAO Report – Education Could Better Support Grantees, Survey of School Districts’ Capacity to Implement Reform, Federal Agencies Differ in the Data They Collect on Grant Applicants

Race to the Top: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges, GAO-15-295: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. Race to the Top: Survey of School Districts’ Capacity to Implement Reform (GAO-15-317SP, April 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-29, GAO-15-317SP: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. RaceContinue Reading

True Levels of Government and Social Expenditures in Advanced Economies

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economic: “One of the most contentious issues in contemporary politics revolves around the optimal size of the government in society, the services that government provides the public, and the revenue raised to finance these services. Advanced economies differ over the aggregate scope of generalContinue Reading

World Economic Forum – New Vision for Education

New Vision for Education – Unlocking the Potential of Technology – “To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often,Continue Reading

DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study

Franky Abbott: “During the last nine months, the Digital Public Library of America has been researching educational use with generous support from the Whiting Foundation. We’ve been learning from other online education resource providers in the cultural heritage world and beyond about what they have offered and how teachers and students have responded. We also convened focusContinue Reading