Gov 2.0 News

December 2, 2011

New approach offers more welcoming environment, less expensive careNot long ago, a woman who had just weathered a mental health crisis at the Living Room, a low-key alternative to emergency room treatment, was headed out the door when she offered her take on the service.

Instead of being sent to the principal's office for things like truancy or dress code violations, young people in Texas are "ticketed" by school police and sent to court with misdemeanor charges. Some schools are changing their disciplinary policies to keep students from dropping out.

November 30, 2011

Schools across the USA are adding coursework focused on Internet privacy, cyberbullying and electronic plagiarism.

Thanks to a tweak in federal law, school cafeterias can now donate uneaten food instead of letting it go to waste.
Until a few days ago, schools were not covered by the Good Samaritan Act that protects well-meaning people and organizations from being sued if someone falls ill after eating donated food.
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Curbside Haiku uses colorful images and poetry on 8-inch square signs to relay street-safety messages for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

November 28, 2011

Parents across the Washington region will soon have more readily available and useful information about how their public schools are doing, the result of new initiatives underway at the local and state level for reporting and displaying education data.
The District, Maryland and Virginia are pledging some changes as part of their applications to the Obama administration for exemption from unpopular requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. Among these are the mandate for 100 percent proficiency by 2014 on standardized reading and math tests.
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Using years of crime statistics, the department's computer churns out maps with small highlighted areas where it predicts a crime will occur. Police hope that the technique helps reduce crime, but there are concerns over how the data will be used.

November 25, 2011

The city of Pacoima, CA is going ahead with a new program that transforms foreclosed homes into pocket parks. Vacant lots are being considered in addition to 10 foreclosed sites.
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Teens will soon have a space of their own at the main San Francisco library to explore the growing world of technology. The San Francisco Public Library was recently named among a dozen learning institutions nationwide...

Bluefin tuna can travel 100 km per day, so the NASA's satellite coverage of the whole of the Mediterranean is entirely appropriate. Bluefin feeding and potential spawning habitats are mapped accurately with the help of data over the last ten years.

At one Department of Motor Vehicles' office in the nation's capital, motorists can get a driver's license, temporary tags and something wholly unrelated to the road: a free HIV test.

The Smithsonian Institution's fleet department has utilized the data harvested by its fleet management system to reduce fleet size, reduce administrative time, hire more technicians, and improve overall operations.

When most people think of the New York City underground the subway, rats and bad lighting are among the first things that come to mind. But, how about beautiful spaces with natural sunlight, grass and trees in a park-like setting?

Seven vinyl banners draped this month along one of Chicago's most iconic bridges, advertisements some have dubbed "a visual crime" and "commercial graffiti," are reviving a debate about how governments raise money in tough economic times.

November 21, 2011

Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa presented his vision for a more livable L.A., including the addition of fifty pocket parks.
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Connecticut and Illinois are making big investments into hybrid public buses thanks to a new round of federal awards. Connecticut was awarded $275 million and Illinois was awarded $5 million for hybrid bus projects. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation which is working to help states make public transit systems become more [...]

Researchers in Baltimore are tracking the way the character of a neighborhood its violence, its vacant houses, its appearance of obvious drug use can affect an addict's decision to use drugs.

November 20, 2011

Washington state education officials know a lot more about your kids than they ever knew about you.

As we approach the busiest travel day of the year - the day before Thanksgiving - there is a new tool to help you get through airport security with fewer hassles.

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