Executive Orders

We thought we’d put together a primer on executive orders.

What are Presidential Executive Orders (USA.gov)? This USA.gov site includes finding tools for current and past executive orders. Executive orders: A beginners guide (LoC) explains how to research them using either the Library of Congress or other online sources. Finally, a how to explanation of the executive branch (White House) includes a brief description.

In case you missed the coverage of President Obama’s remarks on reducing gun violence, the entire speech is here and the fact sheet is here.

Immigrants & Refugees

Curious about the process immigrants and refugees go through in order to come to America?

Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act

Introduced in January, the SKILLS Act (S.312) aka the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act would improve upon existing legislation by developing coordination and communication between teachers and school librarians. These efforts would include professional development and training for school librarians to teach information literacy, reading, and writing on all grade levels, as well as make sure that resources are available for all students – particularly those with special needs.

This is good news, as many school libraries have seen drastic funding cuts or haven even been eliminated from some schools over the past few years. This act is part of several ongoing education reforms by the federal government.

Post authored by Janie Richardson

Measles Outbreak

In light of the recent measles outbreak, here are a few tidbits and statistics.

First, what is the measles, you ask? Here is the definition and related symptoms from the National Library of Medicine.

And here are the latest statistics on the current outbreak from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and an FAQ page for more info.

While there is no absolute cure at this time, there is a vaccination for the virus. Here is more information on the vaccine and the benefits and risks associated with it

Post authored by Janie Richardson

Attend a Community College for Free

By now some of the dust has settled and folks are considering the impact of President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition for responsible students. At this point, it’s still an initiative and only listed in the What’s New section of ed.gov’s Community College section. Keep in mind the proposal includes an American Technical Training Fund. The facts can be found here and the YouTube announcement is on the blog post.

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