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A State-By-State Look at our Nation’s Educational Landscape
This past week saw a trend in national education reform efforts: policy and research driven centers surveying and reporting on important aspects of state education systems. Three reports released this past week - Student’s First State Policy Report Card, The Arnold Foundation’s “Small States Get Big Pensions” Report, and Education Week’s Quality Counts’ Code of Conduct’s State Report Card - measured varying elements of state educational quality, ranging from governing actions to teacher evaluation and data collection to pension reform. Every report sparked an interesting conversation rooted in the central theme of “what is best for our Nation’s students.” The George W. Bush Institute has taken an in-depth look at the national education landscape, as well, through the Global Report Card. The Global Report Card allows students, parents, teachers and involved citizens to compare their school district’s performance against the rest of the world. We invite you to look at these reports and our own Global Report Card to determine where your state and school district rank.
James Buchanan, a Star Economist Who Understood Obamacare
In her most recent Bloomberg column, 4% Growth Director Amity Shlaes writes about the legacy of economist James Buchanan. Shlaes writes, “more than any of the rest of America’s great modern economists, Buchanan stressed the primacy of interest groups." Shlaes comments on the irony that Buchanan passed away just as the budget deal was being negotiated and Obamacare is beginning the enforcement stage: “Almost everyone involved in the budget deal agrees that it is more a product of interest groups than a principled construct. The same can be said for Obamacare.” The column details how Buchanan exposed and fought against the influence of special interest groups in economic policy. “The economic school he founded, known as public-choice theory, casts a skeptical eye on government officials and bureaucrats and points out that their work might serve the public less than a very private enterprise.” Read more about James Buchanan and his life’s work here.
Recent Developments in Human Freedom News
The Freedom Collection recommends several articles this week from around the world, including: new protests in China led by journalists reported in the Los Angeles Times; an NGO crackdown in Sudan; an article from the Washington Post reporting that, amidst stifled protests, Bahrain’s highest court upheld jail terms for 20 opposition figures; and new internet monitoring system developing in Belarus. The Freedom Collection recommends articles regularly so check back here.
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.