New York Times: Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge. “Google unveiled an initiative on Thursday to help train Americans for jobs in technology and committed to donating $1 billion over the next five years to nonprofits in education and professional training.”
Chronicle of Higher Education: New Venture Will Offer Free Courses That Students Can Take for College Credit. “The venture, being formally unveiled on Wednesday [This was last Wednesday -TJC], includes a catalog of online courses in more than 40 subjects that were developed by academics affiliated with major universities across the country. Leaders of the Modern States Education Alliance, the New York City philanthropy behind the project, call it an “on ramp” to college. The courses are free to anyone who wants to use them, but were designed especially for students who can use this alternative approach to earn traditional academic credits through the Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program exams, administered by the College Board.”
Fox 21 News (Colorado): New website shows financial information of schools, districts statewide. “The website, Financial Transparency for Colorado Schools, launched Friday, June 30 and was created in response to legislation from 2010 and 2014 that sought to provide the public a deeper understanding of how education dollars are spent in schools, districts and BOCES.” BOCES means Boards of Cooperative Educational Services.
The Pie: Database to combat academic fraud in Aus, NZ. “Launched as Australia’s response to the Groningen Declaration Network, a worldwide initiative to tackle fraud in academic qualifications and enhance student mobility, My eQuals entails universities certifying the accuracy of qualifications records before releasing them into a database of verified qualifications. Students at participating institutions can then access and share their records at any time.”
Bowdoin College: Morality on Twitter: Collaborative Project Analyzes 1.2m Teacher Posts. “A pioneering research project, involving education and computer science faculty, has now processed more than 1.2 million teacher tweets in an effort to get the true measure of what America’s educators are saying about their jobs.”
KSAT: Researchers create database highlighting educator discipline after improper relationship accusations. “Two researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio are creating a database highlighting educator discipline after they are accused of improper relationships. The researchers hope to get a deeper understanding of the epidemic of these allegations in the state of Texas.” Note that this database appears to focus on the state of Texas only.
4 New York: NYC to Launch Online Database of School Cafeteria Violations. “New York City parents will soon be able to check how clean their kids’ school cafeterias are, thanks to a new online database that will list lunchroom violations including mice droppings, fruit flies and roaches.”