Archive for November, 2011

Income/Poverty Statistics for New Jersey Counties and School Districts

The Census Bureau has just released its 2010 version of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program. According to the press release: “The data represent the only current, single-year income and poverty estimates for all sizes of counties and school districts.” However, this sentence is in our opinion infelicitously phrased; while poverty estimates are indeed available for over 3100 counties and 14,000 school districts, median income statistics are only available at the county level. Be that as it may, one can trace over time poverty numbers at these local levels while also pulling up county-level income statistics. A highlights report is available as are numerous separate tables. FYI, Hudson County has 24.4% of its children under 18 living in poverty; Jersey City School District has 9059 children between 5 and 17 living with families in poverty.

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Database of National Legislatures

Parline, sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, contains information on the 190 national parliaments currently in existence. It is an updated site with recent parliamentary election results from around the world.  (At the time of this writing, results from Zambia’s national elections of September 20 are available.) This repository contains election overviews (some quite detailed), past election results, and provides a wealth of additional data; i.e., breakdown by members’ sex and age; special mandates; specialized national entities; and the office of the legislative presidency in variuous countries and guises. In addition, it gives you the links to each parliament. A worthwhile adjunct for up-to-date information on political systems throughout the globe.

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Who’s Who in Dr. Seuss

Delightfully composed descriptions of persons, words, and phrases populate Who’s Who and What’s What in the Books of Dr. Seuss. Each entry not only discusses the subject but also points the reader to the book in which it appeared, from And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937) to Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (1998). For additional information, please read The Beginnings of Dr. Seuss: An Informal Reminiscence by Theodore Seuss Geisel; it discusses his early career until 1937 and is based on taped conversations from 1975. Both sites are courtesy of Dartmouth College, of which Geisel was an alum. Links to his political cartoons for World War II and his advertising work are at this University of California at San Diego site. The NEA’s Read Across America program that supports reading among children is an annual event held on his birthday of March 2. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

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Is Your Lawyer Registered to Practice in Your State?

This list provides links and phone numbers to ascertain if your attorney is qualified to practice law in your state. Please read the notes and disclaimers.

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Thanksgiving: History, Primary Sources, Timeline

A brief overview of thanksgivings in this country dating back to the Spanish explorers is found in this teacher’s guide. A timeline for Thanksgiving from 1541-2001 is here; you can also find links to supporting documentation (pictures, historical proclamations, photos) for the holiday as well. As far as we can determine, there are only two primary sources for the celebration at Plymouth that is the foundation for Thanksgiving: Edward Winslow’s Mourt’s Relation; A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth and William Bradford’s Of Plimouth Plantation. Historical addresses, discourses, and sermons are available in plentitude courtesy of HathiTrust and the Internet Archive. Facts for this Thanksgiving Day are here. For those who are turkey-challenged, try these hotlines.

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Inside the Minds of College CFOs

Inside High Ed also ran a survey of 606 college business officers. An hour-long webinar is available as well as a great overview. An insightful quote is found here: “Many of my financial colleagues think that the academic program is over-budgeted and sometimes even bloated, so cuts may seem to them to be restoring the proper balance.”

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Inside the Minds of College Presidents

Presidential Perspectives is an outgrowth of a survey by Inside Higher Ed that was conducted at the annual ACE meeting. 956 “campus executives” participated in the survey that dealt with presidential concerns and their strategies in dealing with them. Not surprisingly, budgetary problems topped the list, while not far behind was the drop in state funding. A good overview of the process is provided here along with a section entitled “Faculty as Target.” In this review is also the salient point that: “…results prompted some survey respondents and commentators on the results to fret that college leaders may be underestimating the extent to which the current financial climate represents a permanent shift in higher education financing, and failing to respond dramatically enough.”

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