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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

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Youth and Media are excited to announce the release of the new ebook “Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media,” a first-of-its kind collection of essays that offers reflections from diverse perspectives on youth experiences with digital media and with focus on the Global South.Continue Reading

Salon – Subprime loans are coming to financial aid

Jeff Bryant  – “Wall Street wants to own your education destiny. To the old saying about “death and taxes,” you can now add another: debt. In fact, in contemporary America, debt is likely becoming at least as all-encompassing as the other two. An increasingly powerful force behind the debt explosion is not what you mightContinue Reading

The Gender Gap in Mathematics: Evidence from a Middle-Income Country

Prashant Bharadwaj, Giacomo De Giorgi, David Hansen, and Christopher Neilson: “Using a large administrative data set from Chile, we find that, on average, boys perform better than girls in mathematics. In this paper, we document several features of their relative performance. First, we note that the gender gap appears to increase with age (it doubles between fourth grade andContinue Reading

Federal Student Aid – Loan Servicing Information Report

“Per the contractual agreement with each of our federal loan servicers, the Department of Education (the Department) will annually measure servicer performance in the areas of customer satisfaction and default prevention. We will then use these results to determine each servicer’s allocation of future loan volume when applicable. This announcement is intended to share theContinue Reading

Assigning More Students to Their Top Choices: A Tiebreaking Rule Comparison

Ashlagi, Itai and Nikzad, Afshin and Romm, Assaf I, Assigning More Students to Their Top Choices: A Tiebreaking Rule Comparison (March 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “School choice districts that implement stable matchings face various design issues that impact students’ assignments to schools. We study properties of the rank distribution of students withContinue Reading