Fiscal Intelligence

Fiscal analysis that enables educators, small business owners, and community organizers to make informed decisions.

High School Graduation Rates

“Nationwide, charter schools reported an average graduation rate of 70 percent. Hawaii, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio and California have the highest percentages of low-graduation-rate charter high schools.”

Immigrants and Billion Dollar Startups

“Examining the stories of successful startup businesses finds each co-founder often brings something special to the table that allowed the company both to get off the ground and then thrive.”

BIS Quarterly Review– March 2016

“In real terms, the US policy rate had been negative since 2008 (Graph 1, left-hand panel). The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) signalled that the shortfall of inflation below its 2% objective, and uncertainty surrounding economic conditions more broadly, were expected to warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate. Nonetheless, the decision marked a turning point in an era of extraordinary monetary accommodation.”

2016 Edelman Trust Barometer

How Airbnb’s data hid the facts in New York City

Airbnb’s current market valuation is set at $25 billion: fortunes will be made or lost based on the company’s ability to make its business acceptable to the cities and countries in which it operates. The company’s lobbying and PR efforts in cities across North America and around the world talk repeatedly of regular people occasionally sharing their own home (hence hosts with just one listing, or “single-lister hosts”).

Regulating Artificial Intelligence Systems, Risks, Challenges, Competencies, & Strategies

“But, as Musk’s above-quoted statement suggests, the rise of AI has so far occurred in a regulatory vacuum. With the exception of a few states’ passage of legislation regarding autonomous vehicles and drones, very few laws or regulations exist that specifically address the unique challenges raised by artificial intelligence, and virtually no courts appear to have developed standards specifically addressing who should But, as Musk’s above-quoted statement suggests, the rise of AI has so far occurred in a regulatory vacuum. With the exception of a few states’ passage of legislation regarding autonomous vehicles and drones, very few laws or regulations exist that specifically address the unique challenges raised by artificial intelligence, and virtually no courts appear to have developed standards specifically addressing who should be held legally responsible if an AI causes harm.”

Where is Our Government?

“Americans feel isolated from the leaders that they sent to Washington to represent them.  Therefore, it is imperative, more than ever, that our leaders in Washington focus on addressing and confronting the problems that afflict America today- with both foresight and determination. I am a firm believer that what the American people deserve is a clear and concise explanation from our leaders as to how they do plan solve the most pertinent issues facing the country.”

Saudi Arabia Beyond Oil

“While the non-oil private sector is relatively small in Saudi Arabia, it has potential to drive much of the growth. Already during the 2003–13 period, the non-oil private sector outperformed the economy as a whole, albeit starting from a low base. It grew at about 10 percent annually, much faster than the overall 6 percent GDP growth rate. Growth was broadly based, with consumption-based sectors such as transport, communications, retail and wholesale trade, and business services growing the fastest.”

 

The American Middle Class

In early 2015, 120.8 million adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined, a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.1

District Guide: Financing to Scale Blended Learning

Another common pitfall we see is the treatment of blended learning as a standalone education program instead of integrated into the costs associated with day-to-day instruction. Assessing cost trade offs within the ongoing instructional budget will allow blended learning to be both scalable and sustainable.

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