Fiscal Intelligence

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

Month: October, 2015

An Analysis of the E-rate Spending

In fact, 50% of students in America would have only the equivalent of dial-up speeds (up to 56 kbps per student) if their classrooms were to transition to a 1:1 digital learning environment.


Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient

Across the seven programs, we find no observable impacts of the cash transfer programs on either the propensity to work or the overall number of hours worked, for either men or women Pooling across the five comparably designed studies to maximize our statistical power to detect effects if they exist, we again find no observable impacts on either work outcome.

Data Science Machine

With these components in place, we present the Data Science Machine — an automated system for generating predictive models from raw data. It starts with a relational database and automatically generates features to be used for predictive modeling.

Inside the First Charter School in America_City Academy

For the 2013-2014 academic year, according to the school’s annual report, City Academy was home to 180 students. About 66% of the students are male, and there’s a clear racial majority. Asian students make up 65% of the student body.

Has the world reached its credit limit?

How to Achieve a High-Performing Back Office__Part 2

More than 50 years ago, Peter Drucker wrote, “What gets measured gets managed.”

How to Achieve a High-Performing Back Office_Part I

“First, pay up. If you are a single-site, independent charter school, your business manager should be the second highest paid employee after the principal, although their salaries also can be on par with each other. Business managers may report to the principal but should have access to the board. Ideally, they should meet monthly with the board chair or treasurer and present at board meetings.”