Monthly Archives: September 2012

New York Times magazine article on Kalamazoo Promise

Journalist Ted Fishman’s article on the Kalamazoo Promise (see previous blog post for description of the Promise) appears in the September 16 Sunday magazine of the New York Times. The article can be found here. The article describes the many … Continue reading

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Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise

The Upjohn Institute website recently posted a working paper of mine, co-authored with my colleague Marta Lachowska, on the Kalamazoo Promise. Our working paper examines the immediate effects of the Kalamazoo Promise on student achievement and behavior in high schools. … Continue reading

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U.S. lags in international comparisons of pre-school enrollment and public investment

OECD recently released its 2012 edition of Education at a Glance, which compares education statistics across leading industrial countries.  (OECD stands for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It was originally set up to help administer the Marshall Plan. It … Continue reading

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U.S. job growth and education jobs

The latest U.S. job growth figures, released this morning (September 7, 2012) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, continued to show positive growth, but at an insufficient rate to boost employment rates and labor market conditions. If we focus … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood programs, Economic development, National vs. state vs. local

“You can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education”

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, in his keynote address on September 4th to the Democratic National Convention, made the following notable statement: “You can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education”. In the context in which he made that statement, Mayor Castro’s … Continue reading

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Educational improvements: hard solutions versus easy solutions

Julie Mack, the education reporter at the Kalamazoo Gazette, recently wrote a column on school choice, largely based on an interview with me. In that column, she accurately described me as concluding that school choice has been disappointing in that … Continue reading

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