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NH Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut on State-Driven K-12 Reform

New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut joins “The Learning Curve” podcast this week, plus Bob & Cara break down the new NAEP results, and share education stories out of Denver and Detroit.

Pioneer Institute to Present Results of New Consumer Poll Monday at State House Healthcare Price Transparency Event

BOSTON – Pioneer Institute will present the results of a new consumer poll at “A Roadmap to Healthcare Price Transparency,” a forum by Pioneer and several partners, to be held Monday, November 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the State House. The event will mark the fifth anniversary of the effective date of Massachusetts’ healthcare price transparency laws which require both insurers and healthcare providers of all types to give consumers price information before they obtain healthcare services. The poll, conducted under the auspices of David Paleologos of DAPA Research this past June, is a random sample of 500 Massachusetts residents who obtain health insurance through their employers. The results of the poll will reveal consumers’ […]

VIDEO: Attract & Retain Top Employees Through Perq!

In part two of a new three-part animated video series, Pioneer Institute highlights an MBTA commuter pass program called Perq, that helps Greater Boston businesses attract and retain top talent, and results in savings through tax benefits. The video features two characters, one of whom recommends that the other, an employer, begin offering Perq. She then describes how many businesses already use the program, how it generates savings, and the impact on employee retention and productivity. Companies looking to participate in the program can visit the MBTA’s Perq website: https://perq.mbta.com/. The 2018 Pioneer Institute white paper, “Increasing MBTA Ridership and Revenues with Company Commuter Benefit Programs,” found that a 20 percent jump in employer and employee participation could increase annual T revenue by […]

Education business ruled by teachers’ unions truly terrifying

This op-ed originally appeared in The Worcester Telegram & Gazette and The Berkshire Eagle on October 29, 2019. By Ken Campbell and Jamie Gass “The dominant spirit… that haunts this enchanted region, and seems to be commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air…,” reads “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s early-19th-century folktale, “is the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball.” Halloween is ideal for learning how Western culture has long used creepy ghosts and supernatural specters as literary devices to teach lessons that torment the living. Paranormal poltergeist stories may scare the wits out of people, but it’s the data around America’s $800 billion-a-year K-12 education business ruled by teachers’ […]

An easy transportation fix? Commuter benefits

This op-ed appeared in The Boston Business Journal on October 29, 2019. By Robert Dawson and Mary Connaughton MassDOT’s recent report, Congestion in the Commonwealth 2019, found what millions of commuters already know: Massachusetts has reached a tipping point. Congestion is no longer just a transportation issue; it has become a quality-of-life and economic problem as well. There are a number of ways to address the problem, but one approach that has proven successful is to prioritize encouraging employers located close to a mass transit station to provide their employees with an incentive to leave their cars at home. Since 2013, peak-period travel times have grown. By 6 a.m., a quarter of roadway miles inside the I-95/Route 128 beltway are congested […]