Mend over matter

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For those of you who are inclined to think that Massachusetts…

Phoenix Charter Academy's Mission Impossible?

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The month of May opened with the official granting of 16 charters.…

School dollars and health reform

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Calls for more funding for education are common. Policy organizations…

Not Like The Other

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In general, good manners are to be respected. But our dear friends…

Is Medicaid (MassHealth) Preventing the Poor from Breaking out of Addiction?

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Lawrence Harmon of The Boston Globe had a very interesting…

(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About the MBTA

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[WARNING: Hard-core transportation nerdiness ahead. Consider…

Tuesday Quick Hits

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- Holub out? I haven't followed it closely but the Globe suggests…

The Soft Cost of Doing Business In Massachusetts?

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If you talk with business leaders, you hear stories about the…

Your vote is sacred, unless we don't like it

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The vote of the people is sacred. Except when it’s not. And…

We're #5! No wait, we're #43!

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During last year's gubernatorial campaign, CNBC ranked Massachusetts…

King of New York

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Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times If the weekend sweep…

4 lessons from vocational-technical schools

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Over the past couple of weeks, I've shared a number of videos…

Gov. Patrick's Regulatory Regime for Payment Reform

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This was the testimony I submitted today to the Joint Committee…

Mary Z. Connaughton Joins Pioneer Institute as Director of Administration and Finance

Mary Z. Connaughton Joins Pioneer Institute as Director of Administration and Finance

An education in history

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On Monday, a Globe editorial noted that THE STATE’S new…

Voc-tech schools lowering the dropout rate

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This is the fifth and final leg of my series on the tremendous…

Pay-to-play is rampant in Boston

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Interesting juxtaposition in the news of the week. Sal DiMasi,…

Jobs for kids? Try cutting the minimum wage

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The Boston Globe remains an unapologetic public-relations arm…

Voc-tech success with special needs students

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Whenever I talk to education experts and people interested…

Flawed Foundation of the Pacheco Law

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Those seeking more competition in government have opposed the…

Cracks in the national standards consensus

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Back in the fall, I mentioned that I thought that after the…

Vocational-technical schools working with business

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The local business community has always been heavily involved…

Choosing to succeed in regional vocational-technical schools

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What sets Massachusetts's education reform efforts apart from…

Maine Moving on Health Care

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An interesting experiment is about to be unleashed in one of…

Another Department of Public Safety Issue

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This space has raised questions in the past about the staffing…

Massachusetts Medicaid "Savings" in Trouble?

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The New York Times reports In a new effort to increase access…

Dear Abigail on History

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In what is a textbook example of bad policy on the teaching…

Fight of the Century

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Education does not only take place in our schools, though we…