Charter schools housed in private space continue to receive considerably less support per student than traditional public schools, and that gap has also grown to $2,914 for each student, or about 16 percent less than traditional public school funding.
Clearly, financial market excess (FME) has been building up due to increased risk appetite and low market volatility. The Swiss Re FME index is now close to pre-crisis average levels (see Figure 7). The Fed has warned about these risks on a number of occasions, even though they have largely been engineered by the Fed itself. In a February 2013 speech, former Fed Governor Jeremy Stein highlighted the overheating in credit markets. In her semi-annual testimony, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen later identified small cap, biotech and social media stocks as being highly valued relative to the historical norm.
Economic activity in Puerto Rico remains generally flat at a depressed level and there are no strong signs that a meaningful recovery is taking hold. While Puerto Rico’s economy has historically paralleled the U.S. mainland economy, the Island’s latest downturn started earlier and was much steeper and more prolonged. Puerto Rico has now been in a slump since 2006.