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Advocates urge Texas to prevent child abuse by expanding ‘home visitor’ programs

Texas needs to ramp up spending on proven child-abuse prevention programs, child advocates and several lawmakers said Tuesday.
Sending “home visitors” such as nurses, teachers and social workers to work with disadvantaged pregnant women and high-risk young families can avert huge state costs, several speakers said at a “Home Visiting and Child Protection Day” rally at the Capitol.
The programs improve future graduation rates and avoid social ills such as incarceration, they said.

But the state is spending only about $70 million, including federal funds, on Home Visiting and Nurse-Family Partnership programs in the current two-year cycle, said Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

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“Virtual Infant Programs” Actually Increase Teen Pregnancies

In some communities, teens participate in “virtual infant parenting,” where they must care for robotic dolls that look and act like real babies. Participants spend a few days feeding, changing diapers, and supporting the dolls to experience the challenges of life as a teen parent. However, a new study of Australian girls has found these programs are not effective. Seventeen percent of girls who cared for virtual babies ended up becoming pregnant during their teen years, compared to 11 percent of those outside of the program. Teen pregnancies are at an all-time low in the United States. Experts believe the reason is education and use of contraception.

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20 Arkansas workforce programs get more than $15M in grants – Education Week

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At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too – Education Week

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New Mexico grant aimed at STEM afterschool programs – Education Week

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The NSA ended one of its contentious spying programs this weekend

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The NSA ended one of its contentious spying programs this weekend

Over the weekend, the NSA finally ended its contentiousPHONEmetadata spying program. It was first brought to public scrutiny after NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked documents to journalists about the scale of the US government’s spying, provoking a global debate over privacy andSECURITY. Though hailed as a hero by privacy activists, Snowden is viewed as a traitor by many in the US establishment, and would face trial if he returned home (he’s currently in exile in Russia.) But his leaks have provoked some politicalCHANGES. Key among these is the USA Freedom Act. It means that the NSA is no longer directly collecting millions of Americans’PHONE RECORDS. It actually came into effect this summer — but there was an 180-day grace period. That period ended just before midnight on Saturday, November 28. If the NSA wants this data, it will now have to apply to a FISA (foreign intelligence service) court to get it from one of thePHONE companies. Ewan MacAskill, a Guardian journalist who did some of the earliest reporting on Snowden’s leaks, describes it as a “first step but a modest one.” And he points out a “major” problem for privacy activists: “The reform applies only toPHONE RECORDS. The NSA can continue […]

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Spying programs turning US into a fascist state: Analyst

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The inadequate judicial oversight of the US spying programs is leading the country toward a “type of fascist state,” says a former American intelligence linguist from Orlando. The federal court monitoring the spying operations issued the final order on Friday permitting the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect millions of Americans’ phone records. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) ruled that the bulk data collection program does not violate Americans’ privacy rights. The secretive court contended that the program concerns the metadata of US citizens, which entails the numbers people dial in a phone call, the length of the call and when it takes place. Metadata does not include the actual contents of a phone conversation. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced on Friday that the collected data “will not be used or accessed for any other purpose” other than an ongoing legal battle over the program. It also said that the NSA will destroy the records “upon expiration of its litigation preservation obligations.” In an interview with Press TV on Saturday, Scott Rickard complained of the poor judicial process behind the secretive courts. Rickard said that the Supreme Court has “handpicked” 14 judges to preside over the […]

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New cyber programs debut in California, Louisiana

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Local, state and federal government share the same challenges when it comes to cybersecurity: keeping ahead of the hackers in the IT arms race and recruiting cyber talent to defend systems and help with new initiatives. Now, universities in Louisiana and California have created cyber initiatives to address both needs. Louisiana Tech University and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) have partnered to create the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI), a non-profit devoted to advancing public-private partnerships  to accelerate technology research, development and commercialization in the cyber, energy and resiliency fields. This integration of academia and industry is critical to support the overall “ecosystem” that furthers innovation, creates new businesses, and attracts federal research funding, Louisiana Tech said. As part of its goals LTRI will help Louisiana Tech and the CIC with obtaining federal research grants and government contracts. Since 2007, the two organizations have received a combined $33 million in research grant money. Initial LTRI research will focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, sensors and mobile technology. LTRI will also work with local, state, federal government, members of the cybersecurity industry and private companies to expand educational facilities located within the National Cyber Research Park. Meanwhile, the University of […]

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Where are your kids? Apps, programs let parents track teens’ location and monitor digital lives

Every afternoon, Bronx mom Jayra Paredes checks her phone to track her kids on a map and make sure they’re where they said they’d be.

“After school, we’re like. ‘OK, where are they?’ It’s peace of mind for me,” said Paredes, who uses T Mobile’s Family Where.

The $9.99-a-month tracking app pinpoints the location of each phone on Paredes’ family account, and will send alerts if someone doesn’t arrive at a certain landmark on time or turns off the device.

“It sounds kind of overprotective, but I want to know where my kids are . . . My son is fine with it, my daughter’s like, ‘why are you trying to keep track of me?

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