May 27, 2009 New York Times Story on Aligning High School Curricula with College Curricula

This story reports that the stimulus law that Mr. Obama signed in February requires states receiving stabilization money to work to improve courses and tests so that high school graduates can succeed in college without remedial classes. The story links to a Department of Education excerpt of parts of the

May 25, 2009 New York Times Blog by Critchley on Happiness

Simon Critchley, a New School philosopher, wrote a thought-provoking piece on happiness at the “Happy Days” blog at the New York Times. In it, he quotes Jean-Jacques Rousseau‘s wonderful Reveries of a Solitary Stroller (also called Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Daydreams of a Solitary Walker, etc.): If there is

Study on How Much Do 17-Year Olds Know?

Retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter made further news recently when he despaired of the state of civics education in the United States.  Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post writes The justice went on to lament how many Americans today do not grow up understanding even the most basic truths

Research Resource: U.S. Postal Service Testimony, Communications, Financial Information

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) provides the following information online: USPS testimony before Congress USPS speeches USPS press releases USPS financial information including: Annual reports Comprehensive statements and 5 year plans 10Q (quarterly reports) 10K forms FY2009 appropriations request (December 11, 2007) Source: U.S. Postal Service website.

Research Note: What “Independent Establishments of the Executive Branch” Exist?

In the U.S. Code, one finds the following “independent establishments of the executive branch” mentioned: (1) the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life (15 USC 2411); (2) the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation (20 USC 2004); (3) the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation (20 USC 4502); (4)

Research Note: The Laws That Established and Govern the U.S. Postal Service

Title 39 of the U.S. Code is devoted to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  Most laws on the USPS can be found there, though some postal laws also may be found in Title 18, and other references to the “postal service” may be found throughout the U.S. Code.

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