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Other OpenGov Ideas & Information Resources

Rather than post each of my "OpenGov" Ideas at 27 different websites, I have posted them at the GSA's website (since they are in the forefront of the OpenGov initiative). So, by this notice, the members of the OpenGov Team for this agency have been informed of those ideas. (At least, now, you can't say you were unaware of them.) http://opengsa.ideascale.com/a/pmd/29640-6960 ALSO -- Those OpenGov Team members, ...more »

Submitted by (@stephenbuckley)

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Reverse college lending deregulation

The deregulation bonanza of the last two presidential administrations has created an educational cost structure in which tuition has doubled in the last ten years and resulting in increases at almost twice the rate of inflation. Students today can easily pay 30-50% of their income servicing their educational debt. Educational debt has become almost impossible to absolve through bankruptcy compared to home ownership and ...more »

Submitted by (@j.hill)

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post public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

Submitted by (@silona)

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Develop an OpenEducation Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the pace of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

Submitted by (@megan.eskey1)

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Develop ED "Learning Community" for kids

One idea that has come to mind is the development of an ED website that kids could use as a place for fun, competitive learning. Kids would register with the site and be able to participate in various learning games against children from all across the country. Games could include game-show style quizzes, logic puzzles, historical scavenger hunts, etc. Children would be rewarded with online awards that they could display ...more »

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Informed citizen participation

Something that has been missing for decades in our school systems would be the study of both ethics and logic. Ethics at a young age would help foster moral practices in government and business. Logic would help people realize when falacious arguments are being forced upon them in the media, courtrooms, and government broadcasts. As I learned in obtaining my degree, logic teaches you how to think for yourself. What a ...more »

Submitted by (@starllc4747)

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Technology infrastructure to help all schools

There is so much good technology available, but few school districts have the funds or staffing to support it. A large-scale technology infrastructure -- one that all school districts can access -- would benefit all schools, regardless of size and location. A national education technology infrastructure could provide many benefits, such as: * pre-recorded lectures on advanced subjects - currently, many smaller school ...more »

Submitted by (@lhomsher)

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Public Schools Endowment

Set up an Endowment or Annuity for public schools, so that education is not tied to the economy. How can we provide a FREE and APPROPRIATE education for all our students when we have to lay-off half the teachers to balance the budget because the economy has tanked. In order for education to truly be free and appropriate it has to not be tied so closely to the economy. Schools should run the same during a boom or a ...more »

Submitted by (@steve.mings)

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How do we collaborate?

I think it is wonderful that we are having this open discussion. How do we go to the next step and collaborate? One way might be to have, not just "a voting text box" but a "Want to collaborate? box." Those who want to collaborate on a particular issue then would be sent to a webpage where a forum has been set up. For example. I am interested in school board issues. I click onto the "Want to Collaborate." You could ...more »

Submitted by (@thetanseys)

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Reduction in Force

In the State of Illinois funding for education is at risk. Districts are faced with huge deficits. As a result, districts are forced to layoff teachers. That means that some of the best teachers will be layed off and some mediocre or poor teachers will remain. We need legislation that will allow districts to layoff any teacher - tenured as well as non-tenured. This legislation will allow districts to disregard the ...more »

Submitted by (@saflanagan)

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