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An “Incomplete” Grade on Creating an Informed Marketplace: Health Care Reform Has Done Little to Provide Cost-Effective Quality

An “Incomplete” Grade on Creating an Informed Marketplace: Health Care Reform Has Done Little to Provide Cost-Effective Quality An Interim Report Card on Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Part 4 Contact Samantha Levine at 617-723-2277 ext. 211 or slevine@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – A new report from Pioneer Institute finds that there is little evidence that the 2006 […]

Middle Cities Police Chiefs: Facing Economic Challenges

Middle Cities Police Chiefs: Facing Economic Challenges Facing the Economic Crisis: Challenges for Massachusetts Police Chiefs Contact Maria Ortiz Perez at 617-723-2277 ext. 209 or mortizperez@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – Facing the Economic Crisis: Challenges for Massachusetts Police Chiefs, the latest white paper from Pioneer’s Middle Cities Initiative, details the extraordinary struggles that police chiefs across the […]

Fair to Middling: High-Standards States Far Exceed National Standards

Fair to Middling: High-Standards States Far Exceed National Standards Drafts Reviewers give CCSSI math a “B-”, ELA a “C-” Fair to Middling: A National Standards Progress Report Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210, or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO – On the final day of public comments on draft national standards, two nationally known curricular experts […]

Beyond Demographic Destiny: Some Districts Doing a Better Job at Addressing Minority Achievement Gaps

Beyond Demographic Destiny:  Some Districts Doing a Better Job at Addressing Minority Achievement Gaps Beyond Demographic Destiny Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210 or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – A new report released today by Pioneer Institute finds that some school districts are substantially more successful in reducing African-American and Hispanic student achievement gaps than other […]

Massachusetts Health Care Reform Gets a “B” for Administrative Efficiency

Massachusetts Health Care Reform Gets a “B” for Administrative Efficiency: Concerns about Competition and Costs Remain An Interim Report Card on Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Part 3 Contact Samantha Levine at 617-723-2277 ext. 211, or slevine@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – Massachusetts health care reform receives a ?B? for administrative efficiency from the third part of Pioneer’s Interim […]

Massachusetts Health Care Reform’s Financing Gets a “C”

Massachusetts Health Care Reform’s Financing Gets a “C”: Early Success With Troubling Signs for the Future An Interim Report Card on Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Part 2 Contact Samantha Levine at 617-723-2277 ext. 211, or slevine@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – Massachusetts health care reform gets a “C” for equitable and sustainable financing from Pioneer’s An Interim Report […]

Failure to Thrive: Our Current Economic Strategies Fail to Support Job Growth

Failure to Thrive: Our Current Economic Strategies Fail to Support Job Growth Failure to Thrive: Job Creation and Loss in Massachusetts: 1990 – 2007 Contact Steve Poftak at 617-723-2277 ext. 205, 617-894-0441 or spoftak@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – The Commonwealth has failed to expand its job base since 1990, lagging the nation as a whole since 2002. […]

Free Market Think Tank Notes Massachusetts Health Care Reform for Increasing Access To Health Care

Free Market Think Tank Notes Massachusetts Health Care Reform for Increasing Access To Health Care Calls for More Systematic Data to Understand Reform’s Sustainability An Interim Report Card on Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Part 1 Contact Samantha Levine at 617-723-2277 ext. 211, or slevine@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – A report released today by Pioneer Institute, An Interim […]

New Report Debunks Charter School Myths

New Report Debunks Charter School Myths Debunking the Myths About Charter Public Schools Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210, or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – A new report, Debunking the Myths About Charter Public Schools, dispels many of the criticisms repeated by charter opponents since the creation of charter public schools in Massachusetts in the mid-1990’s. […]

Putting Children First: The History of Charter Schools in Massachusetts

Putting Children First: The History of Charter Public Schools in Massachusetts Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210, or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – Pioneer Institute announces the release of Putting Children First: The History of Charter Public Schools in Massachusetts (http://pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/091112_putting_children_first.pdf), an in-depth history of charter schools in Massachusetts. The white paper underscores, not only the […]

Charter School and District Funding: Follow the Money

Charter School and District Funding: Follow the Money Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210, or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON –Pioneer Institute’s newest white paper, Follow the Money: Charter School and District Funding in Massachusetts (http://pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/091105_follow_the_money.pdf), goes to the heart of the debate over charter schools in Massachusetts and finds that charters spend significantly less per pupil […]

$3 Billion and Counting: The Failure to Tackle Pension Reform

$3 Billion and Counting: The Failure to Tackle Pension Reform Public Pensions Press Release March 24, 2009 Contact Steve Poftak at 617-723-2277 ext. 205, or spoftak@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – While welcoming the Governor’s recent focus on the state’s public employee pension system, Pioneer urges a more comprehensive reform. Closing current loopholes, as the Governor recommends, is […]

Pioneer Celebrates Regional Vocational-Technical Schools

PIONEER CELEBRATES REGIONAL VOCATIONAL- TECHNICAL SCHOOLS AS SUCCESSFUL MODELS FOR SCHOOL-BASED REFORM Vocational-Technical Education in Massachusetts Contact Jamie Gass at 617-723-2277 ext. 210 or jgass@pioneerinst.wpengine.com BOSTON – Pioneer Institute held a forum to discuss and commemorate Vocational-Technical Education in the Commonwealth. The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston co- sponsored and hosted the forum, […]

Housing and Land Use Policy in Massachusetts

ANOTHER CARROT FOR THE HOUSING MARKET? STATE INCENTIVES NOT ENOUGH TO OPEN THE DOOR TO NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES Housing and Land Use Policy in Massachusetts A Pioneer White Paper Regulation and the Rise of Housing Prices in Greater Boston A Rappaport Institute/Pioneer Joint Initiative Housing and Land Use Policy in Massachusetts Media Release October 11, […]