Recent Policy Briefs

Solving the Flood/Wind Problem After Hurricane Losses:

Scott Richardson and Eli Lehrer
June 1, 2011

In the aftermath of a hurricane landfall, there often isn’t enough data or experience relating to the losses to make known for certain whether a given loss resulted from wind or water.

State Insurance Exchanges: The Case against Implementation

Benjamin Domenech
April 20, 2011

State policymakers face a complex task as they decide whether to implement President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Budget Impact of the Texas Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program

John Merrifield, Ph.D. and Joseph L. Bast
April 1, 2011

The Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program (TSGP) is a very concise piece of legislation, apparently intended to address the state’s looming biannual budget deficit by reducing enrollment and associated

How Teachers in Texas Would Benefit from Expanding School Choice

Joseph L. Bast, Herbert J. Walberg, Ph.D.
April 1, 2011

Teacher unions often lead the opposition to legislation that would expand the ability of parents to choose the schools – whether public or private – their children attend.

Four Problems, Four Solutions: A Blueprint for Reforming Texas’s Insurance Environment

Eli Lehrer
March 9, 2011

This report reviews four major problems with Texas’s insurance environment and proposes four categories of action that elected leaders should take in order to remedy them.

Education spending up; performance stagnant

Paul Gessing
February 21, 2011

During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said that she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately after she was elected, that went out the window. Now, Martinez is proposing very modest cuts of 1.5 percent for K-12.

 

Writing Instruction In Massachusetts

Alison L. Fraser
February 11, 2011

 

Solutions to Restore Florida’s Property Insurance Marketplace to Protect Taxpayers and the Insured

Eli Lehrer
February 4, 2011

The 2011 session of the Florida Legislature will convene in the midst of state budget worries, a lingering real estate crisis, and a still-sluggish national economy. Therefore, lawmakers will face a challenging series of problems that a single legislative session will be hard-pressed to solve.

Accountability and Learning: Assessing the Seattle Families and Education Levy

Paul Guppy
February 1, 2011

Seattle school administrators are seeking approval of a fourth education levy in two years. Yet, education research shows spending more money will not improve learning for Seattle school children. If the Families and Education Levy is approved, school administrators will likely perceive it as a signal that no fundamental change is needed, and students in Seattle public schools will continue to experience poor educational results and a high drop-out rate.