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Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act”. The hearing will focus on issues related to the reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), and whether present law appropriately protects and promotes a video market that is responsive to consumer demands and expectations.

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:00am


THE PROBLEM:

Charter schools empower parents to play a more active role in their child’s education, open doors for teachers to pioneer fresh teaching methods, encourage state and local innovation, and help students escape underperforming schools. Despite high demand and an estimated 920,000 students on charter school wait lists, barriers to quality charter school growth exist.

  • The federal government supports the opening of public charter schools through competitive grants issued by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s Charter Schools Program. However, the current Charter School Program lacks the authorization to support funding for the startup, replication or expansion of quality charter schools.

  • Few provisions exist to address charter school quality and support successful charter school authorizations.

  • Many charter schools also face difficulty in securing facilities to house their schools, and, once they do, often have difficulty obtaining the funds necessary to build or rehabilitate facilities.

THE SOLUTION:

As we work to improve the nation’s education system and raise student achievement levels, much can be gained from expanding access to quality charter schools. That’s why House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10). This important legislation will strengthen the Charter School Program and allow successful charter school models to be replicated nationwide.

THE SUCCESS AND OPPORTUNITY THROUGH QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT:

  • Promotes state efforts to develop and expand charter schools.
  • Improves the Charter School Program authorizing to support the replication and expansion of successful charter models.
  • Supports the sharing of best practices between charters and traditional public schools.
  • Encourages charter schools to reach out to special populations, including at-risk students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act will facilitate the establishment of quality charter schools and support choice, innovation, and excellence in education.

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Kline, Miller Introduce Legislation to Support Quality Charter Schools

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:00am

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senior Democrat George Miller (D-CA) today introduced the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10), legislation to encourage the growth and expansion of quality charter schools.

“I had the opportunity yesterday to visit two exceptional charter schools in Minnesota: Global Academy and Aspen Academy. Through conversations and classroom visits with students, parents, and teachers, I saw firsthand the remarkable progress that can happen when we encourage creativity, flexibility, and choice in education,” said Chairman Kline. “The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act will strengthen our education system and help more children access the excellent education opportunities they deserve. I’d like to thank Mr. Miller for his hard work and collaboration on this legislation, and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to lend their support.”

“Charter schools play an integral part in our public education system,” said Rep. Miller. “In many ways, these innovative schools have been teaching us what is possible when it comes to educating kids—and the work of charter schools helps break down many of the stereotypes that often plague kids who happen to be from the wrong zip code. But we must not sacrifice quality for quantity. Through a reauthorization of the federal Charter Schools Program that emphasizes quality, equity, and accountability, we are not only ensuring that federal funds go to expand high-quality schools that serve all students, but we are also working to uphold our commitment to ensuring that every neighborhood has high-quality public schools.”

Under current law, the federal Charter School Program awards grants to states for the development of new charter schools, but does not include support for the replication or expansion of successful charter schools. H.R. 10 will modernize the Charter School Program to better support state efforts to develop and expand successful charter schools.

The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act:

  • Improves the Charter School Program by authorizing the replication and expansion of successful charter models;
     
  • Promotes state efforts to develop, expand, and authorize high-quality charter schools;
     
  • Supports the sharing of best practices between charters and traditional public schools; and
     
  • Encourages charter schools to reach out to special populations, including at-risk students, students with disabilities, and English learners.

To view a bill summary, click here.  To read a fact sheet, click here.

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Monday Morning Mojo: 5 things that super successful people do…before 8am!!!!

InteroMojo - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:45am

Could you do it?  If I shared with you the 5 things that super successful people do before 8am would you do those 5 things?  Really?  Well…love it or hate it, what you do before you show up to work is the key to your success.

A few months ago I was reading an article in Forbes Magazine that shared the answer to what those 5 things are.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was thinking there might be some earth shattering ideas I could implement into my morning routine.  Well…as usual…the answers weren’t rocket science…they are plain and simple common sense.  I didn’t say they are easy, I said they are simple.

Sorry…but in the article it starts by pointing out that early rising is a common trait.  Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on.

Here are the 5 things SUPER successful people do before 8am. Now the question is are you willing to implement these thing to be successful or are you going to continue doing what you have always done.  Just remember, if you continue doing what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten…nothing more.

  1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.
  2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.
  3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep you mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.
  4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
  5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

Now…JUST DO IT!!!!!!

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Rockefeller Statement on FCC Media Ownership Action

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) action on media ownership. Rockefeller has called on the FCC to closely examine the use of Joint Sales Agreements (JSA) and Shared Services Agreements (SSA) by broadcasters and has asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how JSAs and SSAs impact competition and consumers.

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Discuss Best Practices for Serving Contemporary Postsecondary Students

Education & the Workforce Committee - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00am

On Wednesday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Keeping College within Reach: Meeting the Needs of Contemporary Students.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Student demographics are changing. The majority of postsecondary students are no longer between the ages of 18 and 22, attending college full-time right after graduating high school. Instead, a growing majority are “non-traditional” or contemporary students, men and women over the age of 25, often with families or full-time jobs, who have chosen to return to school in an effort to quickly learn new skills that will help them compete for in-demand jobs. As a result, states, institutions, and private entities are working to modernize their educational practices through prior learning assessments, online coursework, or flexible articulation agreements to better serve this new generation of students.  

As the committee continues working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Wednesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to examine policies and programs to support continued innovation in postsecondary education. To learn more about the hearing, or to watch a live webcast, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings

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WITNESS LIST 

Dr. George A. Pruitt
President
Thomas Edison State College
Trenton, NJ 

Mr. Kevin Gilligan
Chairman and CEO
Capella Education Company
Minneapolis, MN 

Mr. David K. Moldoff
CEO and Founder
AcademyOne, Inc.
West Chester, PA

Dr. Joann A. Boughman
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University System of Maryland
Adelphi, MD 

Mr. Stan Jones
President
Complete College America
Indianapolis, IN 

Dr. Brooks A. Keel
President
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA   

Weekend Wellness: The Power of Herbs

InteroMojo - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 9:15am



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I love adding herbs to my meals, especially my salads.  Herbs (especially fresh) can help us heal our bodies.  Here is a list of some easy favorites to add to every day meals:


Basil – anti-oxidant great for cardiovascular health
Thyme – anti-oxidant and relieves upper respiratory problems
Turmeric - anti-inflammatory specifically aids as a cancer fighter also known to lower blood pressure
Sage – anti-inflammatory, helps with sore throats
Marjorie – helps with Digestion and sleep
Oregano – Fungal infections
Ginger Root and Apple Pie Spice – Normalizes our ph helps with Nausea and known to lower blood pressure
Jamaican Allspice - helps with gas, bloating, and aids in digestion
Cinnamon
– effects blood sugar especially after meal. Also an anti-inflammatory which is anti-cancer
Cumin – helps lower blood glucose levels and is great for anti-bacterial
Cloves – Lowers blood sugar known to be the highest anti-oxidant score of spices
Saffron – known to lower blood pressure
Italian Spice – anti-oxidant anti-cancer

As you can see, adding in some herbs here and there (or, truly, at every meal can make your body younger and younger!)

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Finger on the Pulse: From Our Blogroll and Beyond

WLF Legal Pulse - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00pm
Pepsico General Counsel (and new member of WLF’s Legal Policy Advisory Board) Larry D. Thompson has a new scholarly article on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA Professor) SEC Commissioner Gallagher speaks out on reforms needed to address proxy wars initiated by gadfly shareholder activists (Reuters) More troubling revelations on FDA and meningitis B vaccine, […]
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Intero Cool Apps: Floor Plans In Minutes With Your iPhone

InteroMojo - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 9:15am

Floor plans can be hard to come by sometimes, and expensive to produce if you don’t have them but as a realtor, it’s a nice bonus to be able to show a potential client the layout of a home.  They can also be rather helpful when staging a home or for your client as they try to make plans to move into their newly purchased home.

Well today, we’re showing you an easy way to make floor plans with your iPhone.  That’s right, no tape measure, pencil or graph paper needed. Today’s app, RoomScan, does the work for you all by itself.  All you have to do is touch your phone to each wall in the room you’d like to plan out.  You can even get floor plans done for odd shaped rooms without any problem.  It’s super easy and takes less than 5 minutes per room.  Just watch the below demo for proof:

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If you’re only interested in producing one room floor plans, the free version of RoomScan is the perfect fit for you.  If you’re looking for more than that, you can upgrade to the Pro version for only $4.99.  The Pro version allows you to scan multiple rooms and stitch them together creating one whole floor plan.  You’ll also be able to add doors as you move through the house rather than having to drag and drop them after the fact to the finished plan as you would in the standard version.

Both versions allow you to save your plans to review at a later time or email them to your client so they can start planning their move.  Now that sounds like $4.99 well spent.

 

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Hearings For Next Week

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00am

Week Ahead for the Committee: March 31-April 4

Committee to Hold Hearing on Bitcoin Use for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of March 31, 2014:

On Wednesday, April 2, at 1 p.m., the Committee will conduct a hearing titled, Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business.
 
Bitcoins are a form of virtual currency first introduced in 2008 that allows users to exchange value digitally through the Internet. Despite not being backed by a government or holding any intrinsic value of their own, Bitcoins are growing as an alternative payment system. This hearing will explain what Bitcoins are and examine both the benefits and the risks associated with Bitcoin as a payment system for small businesses.
 
“Technology is changing fast and that can bring about both risks and benefits for small businesses,” said Chairman Graves. “Bitcoin is a rapidly growing alternative payment method that can be attractive to small firms, but they need to know all the factors involved. The testimony from this hearing will be a valuable resource, not only for small companies, but to Committee members as they consider issues that might arise.”

Event Details:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business

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Obama's unfair union-election tilt

Education & the Workforce Committee - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00am


   
​By Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN) and Phil Roe (R-TN)

The president is waging a public-relations campaign about income inequality in this country, but rather than focus on growing the economy and encouraging businesses to hire, this administration has fallen back on stale, bankrupt ideas that don’t help workers achieve more.
   

The latest is a rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board to speed up union elections, reduce the time workers have to decide whether or not to join a labor union, and force employers to hand over to union organizers their employees’ private information.

The board’s Democratic majority is expected to finalize the proposed rule later this year.

Congress must take action. On Thursday, we introduced legislation that will prohibit this administration from rigging union elections and ensure workers get adequate time to hear from both sides and make a decision, while maintaining control over their personal information.

Today, the union election process takes a median of 38 days — generally enough time for unions to make their case and for employers to make theirs, and for employees to have the information they need to make a fully informed decision.

The proposed rule would shrink that process to as few as 10 days — just enough time for unions to make their aggressive plug without giving employers adequate time to respond. It hamstrings employers from speaking to workers and making their case to the board, forcing them to raise all their concerns within seven days and essentially forfeit the right to raise additional concerns later.

The real loser is the American worker, who would be ambushed by the process and forced to make a decision without all the facts.

The current election timeline doesn’t favor employers. Unions win 60 percent of elections.

Labor unions are suffering dwindling ranks and need the kind of advantage that can only come by rigging the election. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is more than ready to help out their union allies.

 

If the proposed rule sounds familiar, it should. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia already struck down the administration’s past attempt to rush through ambush elections on procedural grounds.

This time around, the National Labor Relations Board is going even further. The rule includes a provision that shows a startling lack of respect for workers. Employers would be forced to hand over the private cellphone numbers and email addresses, work location and shift information of workers to union officials.

This provision constitutes an unprecedented invasion of worker privacy.

Choosing whether or not to join a union is an important decision. If unions are certain they are best for workers, then they shouldn’t fear an election process that allows workers a real opportunity to make up their minds.

Our legislation will ensure sufficient time for employers and workers to prepare for an election and require the election take place no sooner than 35 days after the petition is filed. It will permit employers to raise concerns throughout the process, and it empowers employees to choose the personal information that will be disclosed to unions.

The federal labor board ought be an umpire rather than a biased advocate. Today’s board fails that test, as President Obama has appointed union advocates to serve in the roles of adjudicators.

In the face of this board’s union advocacy, Congress needs to stand up for fairness to workers and employers.

Rep. John Kline, Minnesota Republican, is chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, is ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Rep. Phil Roe, Tennessee Republican, is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce health, employment, labor and pensions subcommittee.

To learn more about the legislation introduced in the House, click here

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Kline, Messer to Tour Minnesota Charter Schools, Discuss Importance of #SchoolChoice

Education & the Workforce Committee - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 5:40pm

On Monday, March 31, 2014 House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), chair of the House School Choice Caucus, will tour Global Academy in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and Aspen Academy in Savage, Minnesota.

At each charter school, Chairman Kline will host a roundtable discussion with parents and area charter school leaders on ways charter schools support education opportunity and empower parents. After the roundtables, members will hold a press conference to highlight House efforts to support #SchoolChoice and promote charter school growth.


WHO
:        House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
                   Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN)

WHAT:     Charter School Tour, Roundtable, and Press Conference
                   Note: Media are invited to observe and report on tours and roundtable discussions.

WHEN:      Monday, March 31, 2014
                   9:30 a.m. CT – Tour of Global Academy
                   10:30 a.m. CT – Roundtable Discussion
                   11:15 a.m. CT – Press Conference
                   (Media must be pre-set by 11:00 a.m.)

                   1:00 p.m. CT – Tour of Aspen Academy
                   1:45 p.m. CT – Roundtable Discussion
                   2:30 p.m. CT – Press Conference
                   (Media must be pre-set by 2:15 p.m.)

WHERE:   Global Academy
                   4065 Central Avenue NE
                    Minneapolis, MN 55421

                   Aspen Academy
                   14825 Zinran Avenue
                   Savage, MN 55378

RSVP:       Media planning to attend must RSVP to Alexandra Sollberger at alexandra.sollberger@mail.house.gov.

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Supreme Court Observations: Lexmark Int’l v. Static Control Components

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:44pm
Guest Commentary by John E. Villafranco, Michael C. Lynch, and Paul R. Garcia, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP* (Ed. Note: Villafranco and Lynch authored an October 2013 WLF Legal Opinion Letter previewing the Lexmark case which can be accessed here) On March 25, 2014, a unanimous Supreme Court in Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Static Control […]
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