Sunday, May 10, 2015
This is the government, clearing things up for the Judge. If Twitter said, “In that case, we're going to ignore your guidelines and publish the report as we see fit,” would Justice step back?
When Is a Justice Department Rule Not a Rule? Report From Twitter’s Transparency Fight
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 9, 2015
EFF – Karen Gullo – “When is a government rule not a rule? Making that question difficult, when it should be simple, seems to be the government’s leading strategy in a hearing this week in Twitter Inc.’s lawsuit challenging the government’s squelching of its transparency report. Twitter wants to provide a closer look at how often federal agents are demanding private user data for surveillance, and part of its suit fights back against the government’s rules on what it can and cannot publish. But the Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Oakland to dismiss portions of Twitter’s lawsuit because, it says, the rules the government cited in denying Twitter the ability to be more transparent aren’t really rules. They’re more like guidelines, the agency says. If you’re having flashbacks about ”Pirates of the Caribbean” and a certain Captain Barbossa, you’re not alone. More on that later…”
I work in a very screwy industry.
Hack Education Weekly News
… Via Inside Higher Ed: “It took the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, on average, 1,469 days to complete campus sexual assault investigations in 2014, according to data released Tuesday by three Senate Democrats. The average time it took to resolve a complaint in 2009 was 379 days.”
… Via Education Week: “California’s state board of education has approved a contract for assessments valued at $240 million with the Educational Testing Service, despite a rival bidder’s [Pearson] complaint that the procurement process was illegal and unfair.”
… The for-profit universities Career Education Corporation and EDMC Corp announced they would close schools – the former, closing all its “career colleges” and the latter closing a quarter of its Art Institute campuses.
… According to The LA Times, 75% of LAUSD 10th graders are not expected to graduate because they have not met new graduation requirements.
… A report from the Level Playing Institute “found that public schools with a high number of students of color are half as likely to offer computer science classes as schools with a predominately white or Asian student body.”
… “Teachers Know Best” – a survey on ed-tech products by the Gates Foundation.
… According to math education professor Jo Boaler, “data from the 13 million students who took PISA tests showed that the lowest achieving students worldwide were those who used a memorization strategy – those who thought of math as a set of methods to remember and who approached math by trying to memorize steps. The highest achieving students were those who thought of math as a set of connected, big ideas.” And the US has more memorizers than most countries in the world.
Again I learn from Dilbert. Clearly I've been trying too hard to explain Social Networking to my students. From now on I'll do as Dilbert does.