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Earl Gregg Swem Library

District of Columbia: Marijuana Decriminalization and Enforcement: Issues of Home Rule and Congressional Oversight

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,District of Columbia,Laws/Regulations,Maps/Geography

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10108.pdf

Describes the efforts of DC leaders to pass legislation that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, provides a map which shows which states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana or have passed medical marijuana laws, presents arguments for and against decriminalization, and examines controversies involving home rule.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Lead in Tap Water: CDC Public Health Communications Need Improvement

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,District of Columbia,Environment,Govt Information

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11279.pdf

Criticizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a 2004 report on the effects of elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of DC citizens and calls upon the agency to publish an article providing a comprehensive overview of current knowledge about the dangers, especially to children, of lead in drinking water.  From the Government Accountability Office

A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia’s Public Schools: From Impressions to Evidence

Categories: District of Columbia,Education,Tests/Assessments

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13114

Offers a framework for evaluating the effects of a 2007 law intended to reform the public schools of the District of Columbia.  From the National Research Council

The Nation’s Report Card: 2007 Trial Urban District Assessment in Reading

Categories: African Americans,Children,District of Columbia,Education,Language,Statistics,Urban Issues

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008455

Presents school district level results over a four year period of the National Assessment of Education Progress reading tests for 4th and 8th grade students in 10 urban school districts and the District of Columbia. Student performance is reported by race/ethnicity, eligibility for free/reduced-price school lunch, disability and English language learners. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

The Nation’s Report Card: 2007 Trial Urban District Assessment in Mathematics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008452

Presents school district level results over a four year period of the National Assessment of Educational Progress mathematics tests for 4th and 8th grade students in 10 urban public school districts including the District of Columbia. Student performance is reported by race/ethnicity, eligibility for free/reduced-price school lunch, disability and English language learners. From the National Center for Education Statistics.

District of Columbia Voting Representation in Congress: An Analysis of Legislative Proposals

Categories: Congress,District of Columbia,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33830_20070130.pdf

Reviews past proposals and current legislation designed to provide voting rights to the Delegate from the District of Columbia. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

District of Columbia Representation: Effect on House Apportionment

Categories: Congress,District of Columbia,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RS22579_20070124.pdf

Examines how the provisions of two bills would provide for voting rights for the Delegate from the District of Columbia and how they would impact other states and overall apportionment. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.

The Constitutionality of Awarding the Delegate for the District of Columbia a Vote in the House of R

Categories: Congress,District of Columbia,Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

http://opencrs.cdt.org/rpts/RL33824_20070124.pdf

Examines the provisions of two bills that would grant voting rights to the Delegate for the District of Columbia and how these provisions might fare under judicial and constitutional review. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by OpenCRS.org.