Archive for April, 2016

Digest of Education Statistics, 2014

This 50th edition has almost 1000 pages of charts and graphs tracking the state of United States education from pre-k to graduate school. Do you want to see Historical summary of faculty, enrollment, degrees conferred, and finances in degree-granting postsecondary institutions: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2012-13?  How about  Foreign students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the United States, by continent, region, and selected countries of origin: Selected years, 1980-81 through 2013-14? Need figures on Labor force participation and educational attainment? Or parental involvement in education? Look no further than this tome.

International comparisons are also included as well as statistics on libraries and technology.

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Three NJ State Colleges Charged With Misdirecting Mandatory Fees

Read the report from the state comptroller. NJCU is NOT charged.

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Health, United States, 2015

This latest annual edition of a vast compendium of health and health-related statistics provides over 450 pages of data. Dozens of tables and figures explore a wide range of topics: health insurance, mortality rates, number of hospital beds, per capita health expenditures, state health expenditures, etc.; many of these present historical numbers as well as breakdowns by race. A special feature of this report is a separate section entitled Racial and Ethic Health Disparities, an important data-laden report.

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Reading and Math Scores from the Latest Nation’s Report Cards

The results are disheartening: math scores are down and there is no improvement in reading scores for the twelfth graders who took these tests. And again, there are large disparities in achievement along racial lines; a thirty-point gap still remains in both reading and math when comparing black with white students. Numerous studies on achievement gaps are available online from NAEP. Racial and Ethnic Achievement Gaps (Stanford) provides additional data.

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Online Primary Sources: The Easter Rising

For a brief period of time, commencing on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a free Ireland existed in the city of Dublin. It was short-lived as British military overwhelmed the outnumbered Irish; more than 450 people died, along with over 2,600 wounded. Overviews of this event that ultimately led to the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 and the founding of the Irish Republic in 1923 can be perused at:, the Department of the Taoiseach [Prime Minister], Easter 1916, The Irish Times, the National Library of Ireland, Century Ireland 1913-1923 (RTE), and Dublin Burning: the Easter Rising and its consequences (podcast, Dublin City Council).

Primary sources are readily available; we do not flatter ourselves into thinking this is the ultimate repository of free online source material, but we do vouchsafe for its importance. The Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland is a digitized version of the complete set of British Parliamentary Papers covering the years 1800 to 1922. Over 14,000 documents are available; you can limit by year as well. The Hansard – the official transcripts of debates in Parliament – allows one to search for specific years/months; for the 1910s to 1920s, many speeches involve the “disturbances in Ireland”. Contemporary histories and recollections are available in HathiTrust. Hundreds of links from the National Library of Ireland provide photos and access to participants’ papers. Numerous videos of interviews and contemporary news footage from various sources can be accessed online as well. In 2003, the Bureau of Military History of the Irish Defence Force released its collection of material dealing with Ireland from 1913-1921; it includes over 1700 witness statements, hundreds of documents, numerous press clippings, and thirteen oral interviews. This was amassed between 1947 and 1957 and represents an essential source for those troubled times. A copy of the 1916 Irish Proclamation is here. A Family at War: The Diary of Mary Martin specifically covers this 1916 event. The Easter Rising Newspaper Archive presents for a limited period of time free access to the Irish press of the day. And an eyewitness account from the town clerk of Pembroke (south Dublin suburbs) is online as well. American news coverage can be found at the Chronicling America site from the Library of Congress.

“I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.”

W.B. Yeats, Easter , 1916


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2016 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

The lists are here with each person being profiled in a short biography/tribute.

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More K-Mart and Sears Stores to Close – None in New Jersey

Anyway, here is the list.

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