Research and Commentaries

Research & Commentary: Idaho’s Tobacco Tax Advantage

February 1, 2012

Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Dennis Lake (R-Blackfoot) says he wants to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1.25 per pack, to help curb smoking and raise revenue.

Research & Commentary: Race to the Top, Year One

January 24, 2012

One-quarter of the states receiving part of the $4 billion in federal Race to the Top grants are in danger of losing those grants by failing to keep promises made to win them, said Education Secret

Research & Commentary: Early Childhood Education

January 26, 2012

In November 2011, President Barack Obama restructured Head Start funding to require competitive grants for the least effective providers, to forestall congressional Republicans seeking to limit or

Research & Commentary: Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund

January 25, 2012

As in all states with significant hurricane risks, windstorm coverage is expensive for people in Florida.

Research & Commentary: Health Insurance Exchange Sunset Clauses

January 24, 2012

States are becoming increasingly hesitant about complying with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by implementing a health insurance exchange.

Research & Commentary: The College Bubble

January 23, 2012

U.S. student loan debt has increased 500 percent since 1999, and the cost of college has risen 400 percent since the 1980s.

Research & Commentary: Online and Blended Learning

January 12, 2012

Two million K-12 students in the United States are enrolled in online classes this year, and full-time virtual enrollment has increased 40 percent in the past three years.

Research & Commentary: Colorado Health Insurance Exchange

January 9, 2012

Though several states have rejected federal funding for health insurance exchanges required by President Barack Obama’s health care law, the state of Colorado has accepted an $18 million federal gr

Research & Commentary: For-Profit Competition in K-12 Education

January 5, 2012

Increasing numbers of for-profit service providers have begun to enter the education sector, performing tasks from collecting and analyzing standardized test data to providing tutoring and bus serv

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