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There was a lot of manufactured handwringing earlier this month about the middling performance of American 15-year-olds on a global measure of reading, mathematics and science skills. Yet if we look at the scores on the Program for International Student Assessment in the context of another international competition, we get a clearer picture. more
One of the most important, but largely ignored, results of the Great Recession is the fate of the Federal National Mortgage Association (better known as Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac). These two organizations are unique in that they were chartered by Congress, but have functioned as nongovernmental corporations. In Washington-speak they are Government-Sponsored Enterprises or GSEs. more
To the Editor: This shouldn’t surprise anyone (“United’s marketplace may be first to challenge HealthSource RI,” Feb. 5, 2014, PBN.com). Fragmenting the market by opening competing exchanges will defeat the group purchasing power of HealthSource RI, preventing it from driving real reform through the system. more
Do corporations have a right to religious liberty? The contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act has made this abstract-sounding question into the hottest constitutional issue of the day -- hotter, even, than the right to privacy from government snooping. The U.S. Supreme Court has gotten into the game by agreeing to hear a case on the issue and, in the meantime, temporarily staying the law under a range of circumstances. The stage is now set for a battle that will end in the court’s second major Obamacare decision later this year. more
As I reflect on Black History Month and the significant contributions to our nation by black Americans, I am reminded that we still have work to do to provide all students with access to important work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial-literacy education. more
Everyone has heard how some companies started with a few diagrams scribbled over a kitchen table or dorm-room desk, which energized the founders to achieve success. Such tales may indeed be true, but the vast majority of startups benefit by creating a written business plan. more
Authorities around the world are gradually piecing together a shocking picture of how banks have manipulated benchmarks that influence the price of everything from mortgage loans to foreign currencies. more
To the Editor: As CEO of PACE Organization of Rhode Island – the only fully integrated, Medicare- and Medicaid-funded health plan in the state, I feel a strong affinity for the work being done at the Executive Office of Health & Human Services with respect to the Integrated Care Initiative. We founded PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) in 2005 in response to a growing need among the state’s aging population – many of whom had a strong desire to remain at home in their communities despite having complex health care needs. more
Like the owls that deliver packages and carry messages in Harry Potter’s world, drones are about to become commonplace in ours: small, flying objects perfectly engineered to drop off burritos, pick up prescriptions and photograph revolutions. Within the next three years, drone-driven commerce will amount to $13.6 billion and create 70,000 new jobs, an industry trade group estimates. more
American children are having fewer accidents than they once did, and our natural inclination is to cheer the news. The rate of “nonfatal fall injuries” among children ages 5 to 14, for example, declined by more than 10 percent from 2001 to 2012. But if fewer childhood falls reflect increasing attempts to safety-proof life, the trend might not be the improvement it seems. Various indicators suggesting reduced dynamism in the U.S. economy can be viewed similarly; our inclination is to celebrate a reduction in job-destruction rates, but should we? more
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