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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Review of Year-Round Schools

Categories: Education,Headlines,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues$file/HD3.pdf

Reports the results of a study of moving Virginia to year-round schools, including comparison of test scores of students at traditional calendar and year-round schools, the financial impact, and attitudes of parents and teachers.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


2012 Annual Report on the Condition and Needs of Public Schools in Virginia

Categories: Education,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues$file/RD358.pdf

Contains information on Virginia’s public schools including analysis of student academic performance, school divisions’ compliance with the Standards of Quality, and the extent to which the objectives of the Board of Education’s comprehensive plan have been met.  Includes Standards of Quality effective July 2012.  From the Virginia Board of Education



Safety At Any Price: Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in U.S. Cities

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Homeland Security,Terrorism

Exposes wasteful spending in one of the largest homeland security grant programs: the Urban Area Security Initiative.  From the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


North American Transportation Statistics: Almost 93 Million Personal Vehicles Entered the United States in 2011

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics,Transportation

Provides statistics on cars, trucks, buses, and trains entering the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.  Also provides data on merchandise trade entering from Canada and Mexico by form of transport.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Busy 2012 Hurricane Season Continues Decades-Long High Activity Era in the Atlantic

Categories: Environment,Weather/Disasters

Reviews the Atlantic hurricane season of 2012 during which there were 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities, 2011: Statistical Tables

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports on the number and characteristics of those earning research doctorates in U.S. universities, their fields of study, length of time needed to complete degree, and postgraduate employment/salary.

From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Doctorate Recipients from U. S. Universities, 2011

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

Calls attention to important trends in doctoral education, organized into 5 themes.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


The State of Amphibians in the United States

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources

Discusses the reasons for amphibian decline in the U.S.   From the United States Geological Survey


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