Fiscal Intelligence

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

Category: Education

Is Apple the next Microsoft?

The Plaintiffs have shown that the Publisher Defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing that conspiracy. Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have succeeded as it did in the Spring of 2010.


Smart Snacks in School

Announced June 27th, this interim final rule is an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. The standards hope to change some staggering statistics: nearly one third of America’s children are at risk for preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease due to being overweight or obese.


Building on SUNY’s current open and online initiatives, Open SUNY has the potential to be America’s most extensive distance learning environment. It will provide students with affordable, innovative, and flexible education in a full range of instructional formats,both online and on site. Open SUNY will network students with faculty and peers from across the state and throughout the world through social and emerging technologies and link them to the best in open educational resources. Open SUNY will provide an online portal for thousands of people worldwide.

Are Schools Getting a Big Enough Bang for Their Education Technology Buck?

Far too often, school leaders fail to consider how technology might dramatically improve teaching and learning, and schools frequently acquire digital devices without discrete learning goals and ultimately use these devices in ways that fail to adequately serve students, schools, or taxpayers.

Forty-one percent of eighth-grade math students from high-poverty backgrounds, for instance, regularly used computers for drill and practice. In contrast, just 29 percent of middle school students from wealthier backgrounds used the computers for the same purpose. We also found that black students were more than 20 percentage points more likely to use computers for drill and practice than white students.

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Why Apple’s iPad Textbooks Cost 5x More Than Print? By a former Apple employee

Apple’s iPad Textbooks Cost 5x More Than Print.

United States of America v. Apple, Inc.

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Initiative to Transform University Communities into Magnets for New Businesses and Investment

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled “Tax-Free NY,” a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state into tax-free communities that attract start-ups, venture capital, new business, and investments from across the world.

Scheme to set artificially high ebook prices orchestrated by Steve Jobs

The US government’s price-fixing lawsuit against Apple goes to trial next month in New York. Ahead of its court date, the US released emails that purport to show Apple was the “ringleader” in a scheme to set artificially high ebook prices with some of the largest American publishers, which have already settled the case.

The Pension Pain

Budget Options for NYCDOE