Economy

In an article published last week, The Economist asks "Is College Worth?" and skirts very closely to offending university presidents and liberal arts advocates alike.     The article discusses the findings of the 2014 College ROI report produced by ...
04/11/2014
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Paul Ryan's budget is out. The Wall Street Journal of all places has a rather snide review of it. In the budget, Ryan fails to provide any tax proposal, opting instead to wave his hands vaguely towards "a tax code that is simpler, fairer and more competitive." He also uses dynamic scoring to...
04/01/2014
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Michael Petrilli, Executive VP of the conservative Fordham Institute, has a much-discussed piece in Slate today about whether or not “college,” such as it is, is really for everyone. Citing dispiriting statistics—like the 10 percent of poor children who go on to receive a bachelor’s degree—Petrilli...
03/19/2014
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With his unwavering focus on universal pre-K in New York City, Bill de Blasio may well be vying for the title of “educational access” mayor. Yet for all his emphasis on early childhood issues, the mayor remains remarkably silent about a simple act that would dramatically increase higher education...
03/13/2014
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In December Paymon Rouhanifard, the state-appointed superintendent of Camden, New Jersey schools, caused a stir when he told the media what he learned on his listening tour of the troubled district. Rouhanifard spoke of decrepit school facilities, children fearing violence, high teacher turnover,...
03/13/2014
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A new report by released by the Generation Schools Network shows how schools with tight budgets can achieve dramatic improvements not by increasing spending, but by redeploying their resources.  The report analyzes the pros and cons of the Generation Schools model of extended learning time as...
03/10/2014
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In a Washington Post op-ed last week, Eugene Scalia and Rachel Mondl, two private sector D.C. lawyers, called on judges to strike down the executive order that will raise pay for federal contract workers to a minimum of $10.10 an hour. While the title and introductory paragraph misleading assert...
02/26/2014
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I fear that John Boehner is not going to raise the minimum wage.  It doesn’t matter that 76 percent of Americans support a wage hike, or that studies indicate that the minimum wage reduces poverty and that raising it would boost our economy and create jobs. And I’m worried that if, in his...
01/22/2014
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In November, Congress failed to renew the 2009 stimulus provision allocating additional funds to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This removed a much-needed $5 billion from an already underfunded public program tasked with keeping 47 million Americans from going hungry....
12/11/2013
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With millions still out of work, and slack demand seeming like an entrenched reality, getting to "full employment" sounds like an almost Utopian idea. Of course, it's not -- the U.S. economy has twice emerged from recessions in the past quarter century to achieve something close to full employment...
12/02/2013
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