Posts By Bailey McCann

Iowa, Louisiana move on education reform

Louisiana is examining an education reform package being advanced by Governor Bobby Jindhal that would tie teacher job security to how they fared on external performance metrics. The Iowa House has passed a slate of education reforms that would require yearly evaluations for school teachers, a test for graduating high school seniors and an extraRead… Read more »

Municipal wifi under attack, but still innovating

Municipal wifi networks in states across the nation are under attack as they try to move forward. A new bill in Minnesota would limit the ability of cities in the state to move forward on their own broadband networks. A Georgia bill with similar restrictions, however, has been shelved despite support from Republicans in theRead… Read more »

NLC leaders call for more focus on job growth

The National League of Cities (NLC) wraps up its annual congressional conference today after three days of meetings with municipal officials, members of congress and the President discussing issues facing cities and how to support America’s economy. NLC leaders called on the President to do more to support job growth in America. NLC leaders highlightedRead… Read more »

Google’s privacy policy may cost them government contracts

As the federal government pursues a ‘cloud first‘ strategy, service providers are rushing to offer government cloud solutions. However, for some providers new to the public sector, like Google, many serious questions about data security and ownership will need to be answered. CivSource spoke with Jeff Gould, CEO & Director of Research, Peerstone Research andRead… Read more »

Dell, Red Cross launch digital operations center to use social media in disaster response

Dell and the American Red Cross are launching a new digital operations center – the first social media based operation devoted to humanitarian relief. The Red Cross is also recruiting digital volunteers to help respond to questions and provide information to the public about disasters as they happen. The center is modeled after Dell’s SocialRead… Read more »

Minnesota republicans propose personal accounts alternative to health insurance exchange

Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota statehouse are proposing a new alternative to health insurance exchanges – personal savings accounts. They call the plan a free-market alternative to proposals from Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and federal health care reform requirements. Under the terms of a newly proposed bill, individuals would have access to personal health premiumRead… Read more »

CoreLink adds to health IT portfolio

CoreLink Data Centers has announced a significant increase in its Health IT portfolio with the addition of HealthCare Strategies (HCS) to its client roster. HCS provides clinical data-based analytics, and predictive modeling for health care. CoreLink has a significant healthcare IT industry presence. According to HCS the company was chosen for this background as GovernmentRead… Read more »

Victoria, BC launches new open data project using justice data

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is launching a new open data project focused on its justice system. The provincial government has created an online portal called Justice BC, which provides several new data sets about criminal proceedings and justice reform. Government officials hope to spark broader citizen engagement and raise awareness about the current challenges justiceRead… Read more »

Iowa examines slate of education reforms, seeks No Child waiver

Lawmakers are examining changes to the education system in Iowa. Yesterday the state joined a group of states seeking waivers from the federal government to opt out of some of the requirements imposed by the No Child Left Behind Act. Teacher evaluations have also been scrapped from the Governor’s education plan and replaced with evaluationsRead… Read more »