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IRS IG – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions, March 27, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-40-027. “The IRS still does not have effective processes to identify erroneous claims for education credits. Although the IRS has taken steps to address some ofContinue Reading

House Members Introduce Student Privacy Bill

EPIC – “Congressmen Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced the “Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015.” The student privacy bill would prohibit companies from selling student information, using student information for targeted advertising, or otherwise disclosing student information for non-educational purposes. The Student Digital Privacy Act would implement portionsContinue Reading

State of the News Media 2015

“Call it a mobile majority. At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data. At the same time, though, desktop visitors to these sites tendContinue Reading

SLA STEM Learning Initiative

SLA Stem Initiative: “As technology progresses, research workflows evolve in a number of ways. Technology has the potential to enhance the efficiency of scientific research, but it also presents new obstacles. Technological advances have led to a ubiquity of information, which poses the challenge of identifying critical data without wasting time on less important content.Continue Reading

Report – Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education

A Better Start: Why Classroom Diversity Matters in Early Education, “a report authored by Jeanne Reid, NCCF post-doctoral research scientist, and NCCF Co-director Sharon Lynn Kagan, with Michael Hilton and Halley Potter, was published April 29, 2015 by the Policy and Race Research Action Council and The Century Foundation, and released at a briefing onContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Broadband Networks, Yemen, Budgeting for Disasters, DOE Loan Programs, Aviation Alternatives

Public-Safety Broadband Network: FirstNet Should Strengthen Internal Controls and Evaluate Lessons Learned, GAO-15-407: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance, GAO-15-493: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015. Budgeting for Disasters: Approaches toContinue Reading

1010 Ways To Buy Without Money

“1010 Ways To Buy Without Money is a non profit initiative that proposes a selling process based in prices without money. And we do it with a smile in our faces… The idea was born some weeks before the celebration of the International Day of the Book, the 23rd of April of 2011 in Barcelona.Continue Reading

Ten simple choices for a healthier planet

Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth “Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space. Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. You can get involved in protecting your watershed, too. Educate. When you further your ownContinue Reading

NYC libraries are engine of the city running out of fuel

“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island.Continue Reading

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 millionContinue Reading

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