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Friday, September 27, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Many excellent sessions this year.
The keynote today detailed the importance of process
Participants must perceive fairness on the hearing procedures to buy in to the process. The buy in in turn is important to acceptance of the rule of law.
TV "law" programs mislead pro se parties concerning hearing procedures. The Judge Edification of America is a problem.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I did two great presentations yesterday: due process and conducting hearings. Very good partcitation by the groups. Another excellent NAHO Conference.
NOTE when I first started doing hearings for DC, we were located at 5th Street SE, across the street from the Navy Yard. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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The Government Accountability Office today relesaed its preliminary observations concerning its study of the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The GAO found
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) supports high-quality research,
according to stakeholders, but lacks certain key procedures needed to
fulfill other aspects of its mission. Since its inception, IES has
substantially improved the quality of education research. However,
stakeholders expressed some concerns about IES’s ability to produce
timely and relevant research that meets their various needs. For example,
IES’s efforts to respond quickly to its stakeholders are slowed, in part,
because the time IES’s products have spent in peer review substantially
increased this past year, and IES does not monitor some aspects of these
timeframes. In addition, IES does not have a structured process for
incorporating stakeholder input into its research agenda, which previous
GAO work has shown to be key to sound federal research programs.
Lastly, IES’s performance measures do not fully reflect its current
programs, which is not consistent with GAO’s leading practices for
performance management. IES officials said, however, that they have
begun to develop new performance measures for all of their programs.
Although the Department of Education’s (Education) research and
technical assistance groups have taken steps to produce and disseminate
relevant research to the field, IES does not always assess these efforts.
Some stakeholders raised concerns about the relevance and
dissemination of research and products from the Regional Educational
Laboratories (REL) and Research and Development Centers (R & D
Center). For example, they told us that these groups do not always adapt
their products for use by both policymaker and practitioner audiences.
Further, IES has not fully assessed REL and R & D Center relevance and
dissemination efforts. As a result, IES does not know if these efforts are
effective in meeting their mandated goal of providing usable research and
information to policymakers and practitioners. GAO’s prior work on
information dissemination suggests that further assessment could help to
inform IES’s oversight of the RELs and R & D Centers to improve these
groups’ dissemination to key audiences.
You can read the summary here. You can review the report here.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
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F. Effects on Children
[ 779 F.Supp.2d 306 ]
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("Bullying can also be viewed as a component of a more generally antisocial and rule-breaking (conduct disordered') behavior pattern. From this perspective, it is natural to predict that youngsters who are aggressive and bully others, run a clearly increased risk of later engaging in other problem behaviors such as criminality and alcohol abuse. A number of recent studies confirm their general prediction.") Additionally, bullies are more likely than non-bullies to commit a felony in the future. Olweus, supra, at 36; Macklem, supra, at 44 (finding in one longitudinal study that "[b]ullying was clearly a precursor to later violent behavior for this group, although, of course, not all bullies would persist along this pathway toward violence"). In one study, 60 percent of boys identified as bullies in grades six to nine had at least one conviction by age 24, and 35 to 40 percent of them had three or more convictions. Olweus, supra, at 36. This is a four-fold increase in the level of criminality over that of non-bullies. Victims had an average or below-average chance of engaging in future criminality. Id.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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The United States Census Bureau released two new studies of school statistics today.
One is School enrollment 2012. Highlights of the document include: --In 2012, 78 million people, or 26.4 percent of the population 3 or older, were enrolled in school.
The other is School Enrollment in the United States - 2011. Highlights include: