The New York Times yesterday published a story about a new school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn that throws a few classrooms of children together in one room for an active, group learning environment.
The founder, Shimon Waronker, developed the idea with several other graduate students at Harvard. It draws its inspiration, he said, from Phillips Exeter Academy, an elite boarding high school in New Hampshire where students in small classes work collaboratively and hold discussions around tables.
Monday was the deadline for public comments on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' proposal on gathering data on green jobs. It was a minor step in an obscure, slow-moving process most Americans aren't watching.
The public commentary period that just ended is part of a larger federal effort to formalize our understanding of what a green job is and count, for the first time, how many green jobs already exist and how fast the sector is growing. It's both critical and frustratingly, agonizingly slow-moving. In the meantime, we've pumped millions of dollars into green-jobs training programs, and politicians have touted the idea that a full economic recovery hinges on using green jobs to revitalize the manufacturing sector.
I suppose it's possible that the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- who was out speaking with constituents, some of whom were harmed, in her Arizona district when a gunman in his 20s reportedly walked up to her and began shooting -- had nothing to do with this:
According to The Washington Post, the Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that two foreclosures should be voided because the banks didn't have the proper paperwork. This is the biggest decision yet in cases where banks had used robo-signing and other shortcut methods in their rush to issue new mortgages and securitize them. The decision could void foreclosures across the state.
After examining the paperwork filed by the banks, a lower court judge, the Massachusetts Land Court's Keith C. Long, said he had determined that the mortgage "note" that proves who the owner is had not been properly transferred when the banks auctioned off houses.