Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Credit Scoring Debate in Massachusetts

August 17, 2011

A debate over the use of credit scoring to determine insurance rates and eligibility continues to rage in Massachusetts.

Research & Commentary: School Funding Lawsuits

August 15, 2011

With state and local governments tightening their belts in response to falling tax revenues caused by the bad economy, school districts facing cuts are increasingly resorting to lawsuits to force g

Research & Commentary: Recovery Audits

August 9, 2011

For decades, retailers and other private-sector businesses have hired independent auditors to track down improper payments and recover the money.

Research & Commentary: The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

August 8, 2011

Few public policy issues evoke more fervor than those promoting homeownership.

Research & Commentary: Online Learning and Related Technology

August 8, 2011

Online K-12 education is growing rapidly as lawmakers authorize state-run or -approved virtual education options such as single classes from myriad operators and entire virtual schools.

Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Liquor Privatization

Elizabeth Henderson
August 1, 2011

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai recently introduced House Bill 11, which would privatize the state’s liquor sales.

Research & Commentary: Teacher Evaluations

July 28, 2011

Taxpayers and state governments are increasingly acting on the principle that teachers should receive evaluations of their work, to measure their effectiveness and ensure better education for stude

Research & Commentary: Keystone XL Pipeline

July 26, 2011

The Keystone XL Project is an approximately 1,661-mile pipeline expansion project that will transport crude oil from Canadian oil sands to U.S. refining markets.

Research & Commentary: High-Stakes Tests and Cheating in Atlanta

July 11, 2011

An investigative report from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s office charges 178 Atlanta Public Schools teachers and administrators with falsifying students’ state standardized tests.

Research & Commentary: Teacher Evaluations

July 1, 2011

Teachers receive job evaluations much like workers in other professions; except the “satisfactory” rates for teaching usually lie somewhere in the high 90th percentiles, according to an Education N

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