Archive | April 2012

Web of U. S. Higher Education

The University of Texas at Austin offers a list of all institutions of higher education found in each state, as well as Guam, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.  In addition, there is a link to the state education oversight agency for almost all states.

National Assessment of Educational Progress : State Comparison

“State Comparisons provides tables and maps that compare states and jurisdictions based on the average scale scores for selected groups of public school students within a single assessment year, or compare the change in performance between two assessment years.”–From the website.  This is from the National Center for Education Statistics.


SDDS : School District Demographics System

“What is SDDS?

The School District Demographics System provides access to school district demographic and related geographic data. The site’s purpose is:

To provide access to information about demographics, social characteristics, and economics of children and school districts from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department  of Education.

To enable users to directly access school district geographic and demographic data.

To provide information about school district demographic concepts, uses, and applications to facilitate effective use of these information resources”–From the website.  You can click on a map to choose any school district in the country that you are interested in.

Recent Changes To Student Aid Programs

“As a result of recent legislative changes, you should be aware of a number of new requirements for the federal student aid programs.  Most of these changes are effective with the 2012-13 school year (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).   Here’s an overview [found on the site] of the changes that could impact your financial aid for the upcoming academic year and in the future.”–from the website.


Air Travel Consumer Report

“The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (OAEP). The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines. “–From the Report.

BRB’s Free Resource Center

“The links listed below [on the BRB Resource Center Web Page] lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information.”–From the website.

Patient Advocate Foundation

“Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which provides professional case management services to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illnesses. PAF case managers serve as active liaisons between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters as they relate to their diagnosis also assisted by doctors and healthcare attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. “–From the website.   This national foundation offers patient services and resources that include arbitration and mediation to help patients settle issues related to medica care, medical debt, and job retention.

Consumer Sentinel Network : Law Enforcement’s Source For Consumer Complaints

Consumer Sentinel is based on the premise that sharing information can make law enforcement even more effective. To that end, the Consumer Sentinel Network provides law enforcement members with access to complaints provided directly to the Federal Trade Commission by consumers, as well as providing members with access to complaints shared by data contirbutors.  Consumer Sentinel is free and available to any federal, state or local law enforcement agency. In addition, Consumer Sentinel information is also available to select international law enforcement authorities. Find out more about becoming a Sentinel member.”–From the website.



Green Vehicle Guide

“Use this guide to choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Low emissions and good fuel economy are both important for the environment. “–from the website.  From the EPA.

Passports and Post Offices — Locations and Direct Numbers 

This site will allow you to find out passport acceptance facilities, which is good, and in providing the passport acceptance facilities, many post offices are included, and the direct numbers to the post offices are included.

Thanks to Gay Cain for this information.

And thanks to Audrey May for this information:

Go to the US Postal Service web site at  .  Click on FIND LOCATIONS (upper left hand side under Quick Tools).   Choose the LOCATION TYPE you want from the drop-down menu.  Enter city and state, or zip code, and then limit by geographic range and click SEARCH.   You can enlarge to full-screen if you like.  When you click on the blue branch name, you will get lots more details, including the direct dial branch phone number and FAX, under the general USPS toll-free number.   You can even find nearby automated postage dispensers.

And, Audrey includes this informtion:

If you want post offices that are passport locations, Passports is a LOCATION TYPE option, and when you go to the detailed view you get info on passport acceptance hours and passport photo hours.

There is also the site: that will allow you find the locations of local post offices, including their direct telephone numbers.