WASHINGTON — The head of D.C. Public Schools received an earful during a council hearing Thursday as she faced tough questions about plummeting graduation rates in high schools across the city. Council member David Grosso, who chairs the education committee, accused interim schools chancellor Amanda Alexander of not knowing the facts. “When you don’t give us the data that we request and when you don’t work with us to prepare for these hearings, you are disrespecting the public,” Grosso said. “I am absolutely tired of it.” Grosso asked Alexander to detail the number of high school seniors who are not on track to graduate and how many of them are falling behind due to attendance issues. Alexander was not able to answer. “We are still working to get that number for you. It’s really difficult to disaggregate so promptly because students are failing for multiple reasons,” she said. Grosso fired back. “You’re … [Read more...] about DC’s interim schools chancellor accused of not knowing details of graduation rates
When you pull up for work at Deloitte’s new office building in Amsterdam, the garage automatically recognizes your car or bike, opens the gate, and guides you to a parking spot and a free electric charger. The office app assigns you a desk, based on your schedule for the day and whether you’re in the mood for a standing desk or a place to concentrate. Once you start work, you can use the app to tweak the lighting or heat until it’s just right. Welcome to the Edge, the most connected office anywhere. The building’s massive network of sensors–around 40,000–is unprecedented, but happened partly by chance. “We were in a bit of a competition to see if we could make the most sustainable building in the world,” says Coen van Oostrom, CEO of OVG Real Estate, the building’s developer. To break the record (measured by BREEAM, a U.K. rating system similar to LEED in the U.S.), they needed so-called “innovation credits” for … [Read more...] about This Frighteningly Smart Office Building Knows Exactly What You Want, When You Want It
Narcissists share certain key behaviours. One of the most common traits associated with narcissists is a lack of empathy, as well as an inability to relate to the emotions of others. While narcissists may appear to have an inflated sense of self-importance, this often stems from low self-esteem and insecurity. Sometimes it seems like we live in a world plagued by people with an inflated sense of self-importance – like that one Facebook friend who brags about every minute of her life, or the coworker who drones on and on about how wonderful he is. But it can be hard to decipher whether these people simply lack self-awareness or if they suffer from a deeper problem, like narcissism. Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and a licensed clinical psychologist, shares some of the qualities that might make you, or someone you know, a narcissist. You blame others for your problems Durvasula says one common quality of narcissists … [Read more...] about How to know if you or someone you know is a narcissist, according to a clinical psychologist
President Donald Trump opened up the White House for a celebration of military mothers and spouses.At the Wednesday gathering, Trump signed an executive order to increase federal-agency hiring of military spouses.However, Trump erred in his remarks about an issue dear to the families in the attendance — military pay.Trump brought up his role earlier this year in signing the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018, the typical legislative vehicle for providing pay increases for the military.“We just approved $700 billion for our military,” Trump said. “So we’re going to be having the best equipment ever known. And next year, $716 billion. So I wanted to let you know. And, by the way — I know you don’t care about this — but that also includes raises for our military. First time in 10 years.”That’s flat wrong. In fact, the last time that service members didn’t receive an annual pay increase was in 1983.And … [Read more...] about PolitiFact fact-check: Did Donald Trump sign the first military pay raise in 10 years?
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