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What We're Reading | March 2, 2012
I Tried to Open a Lemonade Stand: Following a story about two young girls who were ordered to close their lemonade stand by local police officers, John Stossel describes the hoops he jumps through to sell lemonade in New York City. He explores how innovation and opportunity can be stifled by bureaucracy and excessive regulations; “The Feds alone add 80,000 pages of new rules every year. Local governments add more. There are so many incomprehensible rules that even the bureaucrats can't tell you what's legal.” (Real Clear Politics, John Stossel) CHART: Female Heads of State and Government Worldwide: This “charticle” by Business Insider examines the prevalence of female political leaders worldwide. The surprising results show that “the advance of women into positions of authority has not corresponded evenly with their economic or political emancipation.” (Business Insider, Jon Terbush, Lauren Brown and Michael Brendan Dougherty). See how the Bush Institute is empowering and equipping Egyptian women to be better, stronger leaders through the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program. Study: Good Principals Make a Difference in High-Poverty Schools: A study by Gregory F. Branch, Eric A. Hanushek and Steven G. Rivkin shows how school leadership is the key to improving schools, especially for those with disadvantaged students. The report sheds light on the correlation between new principals, high-poverty schools and student achievement: “schools with a high number of low-income students are more likely to have first-year principals” and “First-year principals are also more likely to be present in schools with low achievement”. (Education Week, Sarah D. Sparks) Through the AREL program, the Bush Institute works to network innovative principal training sites across the country to change the paradigm by which principals are recruited, selected, prepared, certified, empowered, compensated, supported and evaluated. In Defense of No Child Left Behind: There’s no question that No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has taken a beating from both sides of the aisle in recent weeks, but Rich Stowell argues that “Accusations of funding cuts and shots at the straw man of ‘high stakes testing’ are arrows in the rhetorical war over federal education policy. With nobody defending NCLB, it's easy for misrepresentations and exaggerations to become misinformation.” (The Washington Times, Rich Stowell). The Bush Institute's Education Reform initiative has released this brief about the recent NCLB waivers and accountability.
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TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.