Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Nation |
March 27, 2012
The number of school districts in the U.S. that had enough suspicious test scores that the odds of the results occurring by chance alone were worse than one in 1,000, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The portion of Americans who think there is “too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders,” while 30 percent think there is too little, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The previous year's poll found the opposite -- more people thought there wasn't enough religious expression from politicians.
Source: The Associated Press | Nation |
March 23, 2012
The number of states with laws surrounding the increasingly popular hobby of making beer and wine at home. In Wisconsin, lawmakers recently approved legislation to let people transport homemade beer and wine and share it with others, but they still can't sell it.
Source: Chicago Tribune | Illinois |
March 22, 2012
The number of college students in Illinois who are eligible for financial aid but likely won't get it because the state ran out of money. This year marks the earliest the state has ever run out of its need-based Monetary Award Program funds.
Source: Washington Post | District of Columbia |
March 21, 2012
The steep rise in robberies in the District of Columbia this year, compared to only a 5 percent rise last year. D.C.'s crime climb is also higher than that of New York and Philadelphia where robberies this year have only increased 8 and 10 percent, respectively.
Florida's nationwide transparency ranking, according to the State Integrity Investigation report. The state is typically known for being one of the most transparent, but critics contend that its loose policies regarding lobbyists dragged its ranking down.
The portion of U.S. teachers -- down from 28 percent in 2010 -- who believe tying their pay to student performance is "absolutely essential" or "very important" to keep good teachers, according to a recent survey.
Source: Washington Post | Maryland |
March 16, 2012
The rise, per gallon, in the price of gas in Maryland since January when Gov. Martin O' Malley first proposed increasing the state's gas tax. As the cost of gas has gone up, the support for his proposal has gone down.
Source: Fresno Bee | San Joaquin Valley, Calif. |
March 14, 2012
The annual amount it would cost small towns in California's San Joaquin Valley to clean up its drinking water, which a new study shows is contaminated due to farm fertilizers and dairy waste. The four counties studied are among the nation's top five farming counties.
The rise in the rate of speed-related traffic deaths since 2000, contrasting the 3 percent drop in drunk-driving deaths and 23 percent drop in deaths that resulted from someone not wearing a seat belt.