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Jonathan Kantrowitz

Attention beachgoers: Fecal contamination affects sand more than water

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Source: American Chemical Society “No swimming” signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New research in the […] [Read More]
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Hydraulic fracturing linked to increases in hospitalization for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions

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Source: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published this week in PLOS ONE. Over the past ten years in the […] [Read More]
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It’s About Time: Obama Talks Criminal Justice Reform

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Source: The Washington Post President Obama called for an overhaul of the criminal justice system Tuesday, saying that the United States needed to reevaluate an “aspect of American life that remains particularly skewed by race and by wealth…” Telling the audience that “we can’t close our eyes anymore,” Obama noted that the nation’s prison population […] [Read More]
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Voting Rights Are Under Attack

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Source: American Federation of Government Employees There is a growing movement to roll back voting rights protections that civil rights advocates fought and died to put in place during the past 50 years, “The reason the haters hate voting rights is that people of color, the poor, the elderly, the young – when they exercise […] [Read More]
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Broader access to medical marijuana reduces abuse of addictive painkillers

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Many medical marijuana patients report using marijuana to alleviate chronic pain from musculoskeletal problems and other sources. If marijuana is used as a substitute for powerful and addictive pain relievers in medical marijuana states, a potential overlooked positive impact of medical marijuana laws may be a reduction in harms associated with opioid pain relievers, a […] [Read More]
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The Earned Income Tax Credit is an Effective Policy for Reducing Inequality and Increasing Income

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A new research paper examines the effect of the EITC on the employment and income of single mothers with children. The paper provide the first comprehensive estimates of this central safety net policy on the full distribution of after-tax and transfer income. The results show that a $1000 increase in the EITC leads to a […] [Read More]
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Latest Education Research

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Comparing each state’s stringency of its criteria for proficiency Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 1 day ago The state mapping studies performed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) offer several important contributions to national education analyses. First, the mapping analyses allow each state to compare the stringency of its criteria for […] [Read More]
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50,000 Juniors in Washington State Fail to Pass the SBAC Math Test

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Source: Coalition to Protect our Public Schools Washington State OSPI has released the preliminary results of the SBAC tests. With over 90% of the student scores reported, the results are truly shocking. Only 29 percent of Washington High School students passed the SBAC math test. Put another way, more than 50,000 Juniors failed to pass […] [Read More]
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