Brookings Institution

Universal Service Fund Reform: Expanding Broadband Internet Access in the United States

Jeffrey Rosen
April 1, 2011

Two-thirds of Americans have broadband Internet access in their homes. But because of poor infrastructure or high prices, the remaining third of Americans do not.

High-Stakes: Findings from a National Study of Life-or-Death Decisions by Charter School Authorizers

Bryan C. Hassel, Meagan Batdorff
February 2, 2004

This Brookings Institution study reviews the authorization decisions of 50 randomly selected charter school authorizers to draw conclusions about how well authorizers supervise their schools.

Extending Deregulation: Make the U.S. Economy More Efficient

Robert W. Crandall
January 1, 2008

Since the 1970s, deregulation has succeeded in increasing overall economic welfare and sharply reducing prices , generally by about 30 percent, for transportation—including air travel, rail transpo

The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment

Paul Peterson, Matthew Chingos
August 27, 2012

Vouchers boost black students’ college enrollment rates by 24 percent and double student attendance at selective colleges, conclude researchers Paul Peterson and Matthew Chingos in the first study

Hitting The Wrong Target: Why A “Wall Street” Transaction Tax Will Hit Main Street Investors And Miss The Mark on Other Fronts

Robert E. Litan
April 21, 2010

In December of 2009, two proposals for taxes on the purchase and sale of securities in U.S. financial markets were introduced in Congress, one by Rep. DeFazio and the other by Sen. Harkin.

Ten Years of the EITC Movement: Making Work Pay Then and Now

Steve Holt
April 1, 2011

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an earnings supplement available through the income tax system that offsets payroll taxes and supports low- and moderate­íncome workers raising children.

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core

Matthew Chingos, Grover Whitehurst
April 10, 2012

There is strong evidence that instructional materials play a pivotal role in student learning and, compared to more popular reforms like merit pay and school turnarounds, changing them for the bett

The 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?

Tom Loveless
February 16, 2012

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is unlikely to improve academic outcomes, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution.

Recording Everything: Digital Storage as an Enabler of Authoritarian Governments

John Villasenor
December 14, 2011

Within the next few years an important threshold will be crossed: For the first time ever, it will become technologically and financially feasible for authoritarian governments to record nearly eve

High Cost or High Opportunity Cost? Transportation and Family Economic Success

Margy Waller
November 8, 2005

Research evidence suggests that having a car is a worthwhile investment in better outcomes for low-income families.

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