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Boston Herald: Mass. must turn up lights

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If Massachusetts is serious about transparency, state leaders should provide one-stop campaign contribution shopping.
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Rejection of Anti-Common Core Model Legislation a Sad End to a Bizarre Process

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Pioneer Institute's statement on the decision of the American Legislative Exchange Council Board to reject anti-Common Core model legislation that had been approved twice by ALEC’s education task force.
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Fall River Herald News: Mass. students miss out on Native American history

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Understanding the complexity our country’s Native American past requires knowing U.S. history. Preferring softer 21st century skills like “media awareness” and “systems thinking” to academics, the Patrick administration in 2009 postponed a requirement, starting with the class of 2012, that Massachusetts public school students pass a U.S. history MCAS test to graduate from high school.
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Students in which states are climbing the highest?

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Reformers in other states, even ones with a sharp eye on keeping costs down, would do well to look at Massachusetts as much and, frankly, even more than Florida.
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What can Oklahoma Teach Massachusetts on Healthcare?

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More patients and companies are moving away from traditional healthcare; this video of the Oklahoma Surgery Center explains why.
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Boston Herald: Realistic returns only a start

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Realistic investment assumptions and paying down unfunded liabilities more aggressively are indispensable if we are to achieve public pensions that are solvent, fair to employees and attract qualified and capable individuals to public service.
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Continuing State Public School Enrollment Decline Will Increase Fiscal Pressure on Districts

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Enrollment in Massachusetts public schools is continuing to fall, and the decreases could result in under-utilized facilities, higher per-pupil costs and more political pressure to limit the growth of charter schools according to a new Pioneer Institute white paper, Enrollment Trends in Massachusetts: An Update.
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Unrealistic Investment Return Assumptions Mask True Cost Of Retiring Unfunded Pension Liabilities

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Pension boards across Massachusetts must use more rigorous actuarial assumptions about pension fund investment returns and accelerate the rate at which they pay down unfunded liabilities to meet the 2040 statutory deadline for fully funding public pensions in the Commonwealth according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute, The Fiscal Implications of Massachusetts Retirement Boards’ Investment Returns.
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Can Mass ACOs & ICOs Co-Exist? Wait...What is an ICO?

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For those keeping track at home, ACO is the acronym for an…
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9 States to Watch for ACA Implementation

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Healthcare reporters have been in a frenzy to report this week…
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Patriot Ledger: State needs to step up U.S. history testing

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Understanding the Senate’s importance requires knowing U.S. history. It's time to restore the U.S. history MCAS test so Bay State schoolchildren can learn how to perpetuate our deliberative democratic institutions.