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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Characteristics of Private Schools in the United States: Results from the 2013-14 Private School Universe Survey: First Look

Categories: Children,Education,Religion/Ethics,Statistics,Youth

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016243.pdf

Covers school size, level, religious orientation, association membership, geographic region, and program emphasis.  Approximately 70% of the 33,619 private schools had a religious orientation.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Homeschooling in the United States: 2012

Categories: Children,Education,Mathematics,Religion/Ethics,Statistics,Youth

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016096.pdf

Provides estimates of the number and percentages of homeschooled students in the U.S. in 2012 and compares the results with 1999, 2003, and 2007 estimates.  Also presents demographic characteristics of such students, reasons given by parents for choosing homeschooling, parent reports on curriculum sources, and math/science subjects. From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

Categories: Govt Finance,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/whitehouse_files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/national_ai_rd_strategic_plan.pdf

Lays out a plan to identify scientific and technological needs in AI, track the progress and maximize the impact of AI research investments, and establish ethical, legal, social, and technical priorities for federal investment.  From the National Science and Technology Council and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

 

Understanding and Extending the Marrakesh Declaration in Policy and Practice

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Conflict Resolution,Religion/Ethics

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR392-Understanding-and-Extending-the-Marrakesh-Declaration-in-Policy-and-Practice.pdf

Offers background on the January 2016 Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Countries.  Explains the background and content of the Declaration, issued by Muslim scholars and politicians as a response to the widespread persecution against minorities by groups claiming Islamic justification for acts of violence. From the United States Institute of Peace

 

International Religious Freedom Report 2015

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Religion/Ethics

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Annual report on the U.S. view of religious freedom in the world and which countries have engaged in severe violations of religious freedom.  Separate chapters on each country with sections on religious demography, and status of government and societal respect for religious freedom.  From the State Department

 

The Islamic State’s Acolytes and the Challenges They Pose to U.S. Law Enforcement

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R44521.pdf

Describes the various types of jihadists who pose threats to the U.S. and the approaches taken by U.S. law enforcement authorities to deal with these threats, including watch-listing, screening, and investigating. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Addressing Islamic Extremism

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Religion/Ethics,Terrorism

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0526/POST-PN-0526.pdf

Examines Islamic extremism, radicalization, and deradicalization in Great Britain and policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Zubik v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-1418

Compromise decision that employees of certain nonprofits could receive contraceptive coverage with their health insurance plans without burdening the employers’ exercise of religion. The church organizations had objected to provisions of federal law that required them to submit petitions expressing their opposition to providing contraceptive coverage. The cases return to the Appeals Courts to resolve any outstanding issues.  From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

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