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District Guide: Financing to Scale Blended Learning

Another common pitfall we see is the treatment of blended learning as a standalone education program instead of integrated into the costs associated with day-to-day instruction. Assessing cost trade offs within the ongoing instructional budget will allow blended learning to be both scalable and sustainable.


Exposing the Hidden Web

The purpose of this article is to provide a quantitative analysis of privacy-compromising mechanisms on the top 1 million websites as determined by Alexa. It is demonstrated that nearly 9 in 10 websites leak user data to parties of which the user is likely unaware; more than 6 in 10 websites spawn third-party cookies; and more than 8 in 10 websites load Javascript code. Sites that leak user data contact an average of nine external domains. Most importantly, by tracing the flows of personal browsing histories on the Web, it is possible to discover the corporations that profit from tracking users. Although many companies track users online, the overall landscape is highly consolidated, with the top corporation, Google, tracking users on nearly 8 of 10 sites in the Alexa top 1 million. Finally, by consulting internal NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, it has been determined that roughly one in five websites are potentially vulnerable to known NSA spying techniques at the time of analysis.

Individual Activity Accounts (IAAs)

“To attune its social-welfare system to a changing economy and reduce inequality among individuals, France is currently considering a system of so-called Individual Activity Accounts (IAAs). My colleague Selma Mahfouz chaired a committee that prepared a blueprint for such a system.”

An Analysis of the E-rate Spending

In fact, 50% of students in America would have only the equivalent of dial-up speeds (up to 56 kbps per student) if their classrooms were to transition to a 1:1 digital learning environment.

Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient

Across the seven programs, we find no observable impacts of the cash transfer programs on either the propensity to work or the overall number of hours worked, for either men or women Pooling across the five comparably designed studies to maximize our statistical power to detect effects if they exist, we again find no observable impacts on either work outcome.

Data Science Machine

With these components in place, we present the Data Science Machine — an automated system for generating predictive models from raw data. It starts with a relational database and automatically generates features to be used for predictive modeling.

Inside the First Charter School in America_City Academy

For the 2013-2014 academic year, according to the school’s annual report, City Academy was home to 180 students. About 66% of the students are male, and there’s a clear racial majority. Asian students make up 65% of the student body.

Has the world reached its credit limit?

How to Achieve a High-Performing Back Office__Part 2

More than 50 years ago, Peter Drucker wrote, “What gets measured gets managed.”

How to Achieve a High-Performing Back Office_Part I

“First, pay up. If you are a single-site, independent charter school, your business manager should be the second highest paid employee after the principal, although their salaries also can be on par with each other. Business managers may report to the principal but should have access to the board. Ideally, they should meet monthly with the board chair or treasurer and present at board meetings.”