Washington, DC - In a major step toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and providing important clarity for parents, students, and educators about the new law, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Thursday announced proposed regulations to implement the law’s accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions. The regulations would replace the narrow, one-size-fits-all approach that defined ESSA’s predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with new flexibility for states and districts; a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education that will help prepare all students for success; and strong protections to ensure the progress of all students.

Washington, DC - CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new web resource to help employers and workers adopt practices that keep workers age 55 or older safe on the road. The release coincides with Older Americans Month and aligns with the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety’s goal to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries.

Washington, DC - During two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the National Parks BioBlitz, May 20-21, 2016, captured a vivid snapshot of the unique plant and animal biodiversity in our national parks. The National Park Service and National Geographic event, sponsored by American Express, involved more than 120 national parks and tens of thousands of experts and citizen scientists of all ages and backgrounds.

Washington, DC - The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $31 million in funding for 14 projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program: Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD). SHIELD project teams are developing innovative window coatings and windowpanes that could significantly improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings.

Chicago, Illinois - Since last fall it has been a game of thrones among the top three quick service burger chains, Burger King, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s,  as one after another launched their version of a combo value meal and battled for visitors and quick service dollars, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.