The academic performance of American schoolchildren hasn't budged in two decades, despite billions of dollars in increased funding.
- The results come from the PISA survey, OECD's triennial study of 15 year-old students across the world.
- Compared to other OECD member nations, American students performed especially poorly in math.
- Alarmingly, only 14 percent of American students were able to reliably distinguish fact from opinion in reading tests.
The encyclopedia offers more "reliable" information than Wikipedia, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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- A government resolution said the measure will ensure that "reliable information that is constantly updated on the basis of scientifically verified sources of knowledge."
- The move is likely part of Russia's effort to crack down on citizens' internet access.
- Russia has centuries-old history of censorship, and state officials have even been observed to edit Wikipedia articles to serve Russian interests.
How will Harris' departure affect the remaining 15 candidates in the Democratic field?
- U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced Tuesday that she was ending her presidential campaign due to a lack of financial resources.
- Harris had once been considered one of the top candidates in the Democratic field, but her support has been falling in national polls since the summer.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden currently leads the Democratic field, with an average of 27 percent support in national polls.
The semiautonomous could help to protect officers, but some are concerned about how exactly police plan to use it.
- Spot is a four-legged, semiautonomous robot developed by Boston Dynamics.
- The robot has been used in at least two police "incidents," according to documents obtained by the ACLU.
- The ACLU said that government agencies should be more transparent about how they plan to use robots in the field.
Stephen Johnson is a St. Louis-based writer whose work has been published by outlets including PBS Digital Studios, HuffPost, MSN, U.S. News & World Report, Eleven Magazine and The Missourian.