Archive for August, 2014
Oklahoma: Losing Federal Waiver, Winning Back Rightful Control over Education

By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of...
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Can Taxpayers Recover Hundreds of Millions of Dollars from Obamacare Exchanges?

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released a report on the contracts issued to private vendors to set up the federal pieces of Obamacare’s disastrous health-insurance exchanges. This is only the first of a series of reports, and it limits itself to describing the...
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A Riverside High School Thinks Dumpster Diving is a Needed Life Skill for Special Education Students

Apparently dumpster diving is an important life skill for special education students, at least according to some officials at Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside County. Last week news reports surfaced that special education students at Patriot High School were searching through campus trash cans for recyclables that could be turned into cash as...
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Competing for Students, Not Federal Funding, Is Still the Best Preschool Policy

Washington, DC, is not exactly known for being on the cutting edge of innovation—especially when it comes to competition in education. Nearly three years ago the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (AFC) made headlines for its “controversial” plan requiring Head Start preschool providers to compete for renewed federal...
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Medicare Fees: The RUC Is Bad, but There’s No Point in Regulating It

Politico recently ran an interesting story on the Relative Value Scale Update Committee – the “RUC” – a body convened by the American Medical Association that fixes the fees that Medicare pays physicians. It describes the absurdity of a committee of physicians fixing fees that the government pays physicians, and demonstrates how the RUC...
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California Senate Arrest Rate Higher Than Any Large California City

Three California state senators have been arrested this year. In February, State Sen. Ron Calderon was arrested for accepting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, and falsification of tax returns. In March, State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested for gun trafficking and taking bribes. In August, State Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested for driving drunk....
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Price Transparency Lowers Healthcare Costs

A study recently published in Health Affairs describes how price transparency drove down the cost of MRIs by almost twenty percent from 2010 to 2012. Compared to patients who did not have the advantage of transparent pricing, patients who knew what their MRI procedure would cost saw a cost reduction of $220 per procedure. Further, price transparency...
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Chicago Teachers Union Boss and Classic Champagne Socialism

It’s a busy time of year for Chicago Teachers Union President, Karen Lewis. Two years ago just in time for Labor Day, she was helping organize the city’s first teachers’ strike in more than 25 years—a move that was highlighted at the Midwest Marxist Conference. Last year she was busy blaming the Chicago Public...
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Parental Choice, Not Common Core, Is the Key to Academic Accountability

The more the public learns, the less it likes Common Core national standards, based on findings from various polls throughout this year. Two new national polls add even more fuel to the anti-Common Core fire. The first by Gallup and PDK International notes that last year only around one-third (34 percent) of American adults...
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Imposing Costs on Russia: How about a Food Embargo?

President Obama has threatened to impose costs on Russia for their intervention in Ukraine, but so far, his involvement has been high on rhetoric but low on action. Here’s a proposal that ought to hit Russia where it hurts: impose a food embargo on them. Americans and Europeans of a certain age can remember...
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