Monthly Archives: December 2008

ACM Urges Obama To Include Computer Science As A Core Component Of Science And Math Education

Yesterday President-Elect Obama announced his intention to nominate Arne Duncan for the Secretary of Education. Mr. Duncan is currently CEO of Chicago’s school system. On the heels of this announcement, ACM’s Education Policy Committee released a new policy brief to the incoming President making several recommendations to strengthen the state of the computer science education [...]

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President-elect Will Make Broadband Part of Economic Recovery

In his most recent weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama outlined portions of his economic recovery plan. The address covered a few areas in which President-elect Obama intends to invest significant funds in order to stimulate the economy. Most of these investments are in infrastructure, which includes broadband. Deploring the typically poor standing the United States [...]

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New Math and Science Study Shows Rising Elementary Math Scores, Significant Challenges

Yesterday the National Center for Education Statistics released the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). This study assesses math and science at the 4th and 8th grade levels. (Computer science concepts are not tested.) Because the data is presented by NCES (and funded by the U.S. Federal Government) the report is very [...]

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House Homeland Security Committee Looks to 2009

The majority staff of the House Homeland Security Committee hosted a workshop December 3 on “Constitutional Protections in Homeland Security.” A copy of the agenda is currently available on the Committee’s schedule page. The speakers covered a wide variety of homeland security related topics, including communications during natural disasters, data mining, information sharing, transportation, border [...]

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ACM Washington Update, Vol. 12.11 (December 4, 2008)

CONTENTS [1] Newsletter Highlights [2] George Mason University E-Mail System Compromised [3] Electronic Voting Machines Produce Some Problems, But No Meltdown [4] Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference Wants Your Proposals [5] USACM Chair Concerned About Information Security Curricula [6] Final E-Verify Rule Issued for Federal Contractors [7] About USACM [An archive of all previous editions [...]

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