Proposed legislation that employer groups are pushing in Congress seeks more employer control over their job sites by relaxing a federal labor law to allow business leaders more leeway in deciding to hire or fire a union salt. Business advocates say union salts are disruptive to job sites.
Do Your Kids or Employees Need Help With Math?
By Cris Prystay
The Wall Street Journal
NEW DELHI—Tanu Basu lives in Boston, but when she wants extra coaching in math, the 16-year-old American gets online and spends an hour reviewing calculus with an Indian teacher who is based in a suburb of this teeming metropolis.
“It’s great. I can log in on my free time, whenever I want,” says Ms. Basu. “Sometimes my tutor has to explain something four times, and I just feel I’m this dumb person on the other side of the world, and he’s all ‘No, that’s OK.’ “
Enter the next phase of outsourcing: online math education. Not only does the U.S. increasingly lag behind other countries on international math scores, it’s also short of qualified math teachers. This could make it tough for America to improve its grade and retain the competitive edge that keeps good jobs at home.
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A National Bureau of Economic Research study of various school accountability programs over 20 years has found that accountability has great potential to improve student achievement.
The authors analyzed various states – some with accountability programs, some without – using the National Assessment of Educational Progress. They found that:
Accountability standards lead to higher achievement growth than would have occurred without accountability.
However, simply reporting results of tests has a minimal impact on performance – the systems are much more effective if poor educational results have adverse consequences for the schools.
The white paper -- NBER Working Paper No. 10591-- is titled, "Does School Accountability Lead to Improved Student Performance?" Its authors are Eric Hanushek and Margaret Raymond.
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The Costs 0f Growth
Growth controls do more harm than good
A Better Earth
Gallatin County, Montana doubled its population in the past thirty years, making it the fastest-growing region in the state. While the county's 2.6 percent annual growth rate falls far short of the 8.3 percent rate of Loudoun County, Virginia, or the 4.3 percent rate of Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada, it is still enough to cause stresses and strains.
A common response to such stress is to ask city or county officials to pass "growth-management" ordinances. But more than three decades' experience with such laws in cities from Boulder, Colorado, to San Jose has shown that they do more harm than good.
Health Savings Accounts Mushrooming
Instead of an employer or insurer paying medical bills, over a million people are now managing some of their own health care dollars
by John C. Goodman
President, National Center for Policy Analysis
The number of Americans enrolled in Health Savings Accounts has more than doubled just since September, and a new NCPA brief analysis shows that they could be made much better, especially if allowed to wrap-around third party insurance.
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are having an enormously beneficial effect on the design of health insurance in this country. Instead of an employer or insurer paying medical bills, more than one million people are managing some of their own health care dollars. Instead of relying solely on third-party insurance, people can now partly self-insure through these accounts. Yet despite their many advantages, HSAs can be made even better.
Housing affordability becoming big worry
By Kevin Rademacher
Nevada’s economy continues to impress the experts. In two separate reports this week, Nevada’s stellar job growth was touted as pacing the nation. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday issued its Summer 2005 Nevada State Profile. In the report, the state was singled out for its nation-leading 6.7 percent job growth rate in the first quarter. Las Vegas also was singled out for creating jobs at a rate of 7.6 percent in the quarter.
Retirement as we know it is over, says Ken Dychtwald. Nearly 80% of baby-boomers want to continue working when they reach retirement age
By Nicholas Varchaver
On the surface the mission couldn’t be more pedestrian: coaching a few hundred Merrill Lynch financial advisors gathered at a swank Bermuda hotel on how to exploit the aging baby-boomer market. But as Ken Dychtwald paces the stage of an amphitheater at the Fairmont Southampton on this early June day, it’s not hard to see that what he’s really talking about is something much, much bigger than a business opportunity.
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