Monthly Archives: June 2009

Cows: sacred. Oxes: gored

The Harvard economist Roland Fryer did a recent study on the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ).  The NYT’s usually reliable David Brooks sort of botched it.  That’s a shame, as it is worth an unfiltered read.  To whet your appetite for original (in … Continue reading

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Roads to somewhere

In contrast to the blabble in the usually excellent NYT, a colleague alerted me to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed which also addresses some of the difficulties facing higher ed — particularly with the economic crises: Is it possible that higher … Continue reading

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Five roads to nowhere

The venerable New York Times gave some print real estate to Harold Levy, Chancellor of New York City schools for a few years, who offers his advice for “Five Ways to Fix America’s Schools.” Here is the lede: AMERICAN education was … Continue reading

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Pension drama, Act I

I wrote a few weeks ago about the coming municipal (and other) pension morass, which some of Colorado’s elected officials seem intent on denying.  My point was simple: in coming years benefits are going to be reduced, and/or contributions raised. Turns out we did not have … Continue reading

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College graduation rates: falling, failing

A piece from a WSJ economics blog about a new report on college graduation rates: What’s the difference between attending Bennington College in Vermont versus Trinity College in Connecticut? They seem pretty similar: both are East Coast private schools, both are considered “highly competitive” and both cost about … Continue reading

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