Roundup Reel: Week of Sept. 19

September 23, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

Congress fumbled this week on its first efforts to pass a measure that would give us some certainty regarding funding levels for the foreseeable future. To help distract you while we wait for them to hash out the latest round of budget talks here’s a round up of things you might have missed this week.

  • Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Here’s the skinny on early Congressional efforts to get something through on fiscal year 2012 funding. The (thus far) stalled temporary continuing resolution would only keep things running through Nov. 18, but it’s better than nothing. The House passed a CR last night, but as of press time the measure was not expected to fare well in the Senate where disaster funding is the sticky issue.
  • Tired of dealing with unintuitive federal websites? Here’s your chance to weigh in on how they can be improved.  The initiative is called “Help Create the .gov You Deserve.” There’s a series of topic specific dialogues happening this month, so be sure to check it out if you have an opinion around a particular topic, but you’re not locked into a specific session. The project encourages opinions anytime during the two-week window it’s up and running.
  • StoryCorps launched the National Teachers Initiative to record stories about teachers on Sept. 19. And speaking of education, President Obama is expected to announce a White House effort today that aims to increase flexibility around enforcement of No Child Left Behind in exchange for state-led efforts to close achievement gaps and promote accountability.
  • There’s a nonprofit building schools out of recycled plastic bottles in Guatemala. It’s an idea that some Peace Corps volunteers have put to use as well. Best use of all those bottles we’ve used that I’ve seen in awhile.

And the next time you’re feeling a bit cramped by your small office/cubicle/apartment, take a look at this story about the littlest library. It could always be more cramped.

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