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Monarchs of the Sea – American Boats, Ships, & their Captains – 40 Resources for High School Students

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Celebrating American Boats, Ships, & their Captains.

Are higher K-12 teacher wages enough?

According to the MassEconomix database at Pioneer Institute, elementary and secondary schools have seen the highest wage growth, i.e., 65.4 percent, compared to other education sub-sectors from 2002-2019 in the state of Massachusetts. In 2020, the average K-12 teacher salary, adjusted to the cost of living, was $81,535 in Massachusetts, compared to a U.S. median of $64,524. It jumped to $82,042 in 2021, making Massachusetts the third-highest teacher-paying state in the country. Both K-12 teacher wages and state education standards started rising with the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 (MERA). MERA allowed Massachusetts to lead public education reform by doubling the funding of K-12 education from $1.3 billion in 1993 to $2.6 billion in 2000. Additionally, state frameworks were […]

Alzheimer Breakthrough Disillusionment: Confusion on FDA’s Approval of Expensive and Possibly Ineffective Drug

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with precision medicine expert Hannah Mamuszka and Pioneer Institute’s Bill Smith about the promises and pitfalls of the newly approved Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm, and the challenges presented when new, expensive drugs of dubious benefit are introduced to the nation’s formulary.

The Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic on MBTA Light Rail Ridership

In 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on public transportation. According to Pioneer Institute’s site, MBTA Analysis, nationwide ridership on light rail transit decreased by historic amounts between 2019 and 2020. For example, the New Jersey Transit Corporation reported a 93% decrease in unlinked light rail passenger trips in April 2019 and April 2020. The Maryland Transit Administration saw a 92% decrease in light rail ridership in that time period. Additionally, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reported a 95% decrease in light rail ridership. The MBTA light rail transit includes the Green Line and a small part of the Red Line (from Ashmont to Mattapan). Throughout the pandemic, many service cuts occurred, resulting in less frequent […]

Umesh Bhuju Seeks a Fair Deal for Immigrants, Farmers & the Environment

This week on JobMakers, Host Denzil Mohammed talks with Umesh Bhuju, owner of Zumi’s Espresso in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about how a business model based on selling nothing but fair-trade products can thrive in a world driven by profit. He describes his early experiences in his homeland of Nepal, where he witnessed child labor, and how that has shaped his pursuit of the American dream.