Click the box above to watch Pioneer Health Care Policy Director Josh Archambault on Fox News discussing what is next for health care. Josh talked about alternatives to ObamaCare, including refundable tax credits that would help the uninsured afford health care, and eliminating the current bias in the tax code favoring large businesses. Josh said that this approach gets us closer to universal coverage than ObamaCare does. This allows 50 million individuals who are currently uninsured to go out and purchase their own insurance in a competitive market. Josh was in today's Christian Science Monitor and the Health Care Blog assessing how the individual mandate has worked in Massachusetts. And last week, he was on Fox Business News with Stuart Varney: New Health-Care Law a Political Win for Obama?
In today's Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Jamie Gass and Charlie Chieppo take on the Mass. Board of Ed's latest task force, “Integrating College and Career Readiness,” which would make academics share equal time with “workplace readiness” and “personal and social development,” and build a bigger state education bureaucracy even as public school enrollment shrinks. Read it here.
Are teachers themselves beginning to embrace reforms like that their unions have traditionally opposed? Jim Stergios sees some promising signs. Earlier this week, Jim asked, where's the accountability for Innovation Schools, the in-district reform model that Mass. Ed Secretary Reville put so much stock in back in 2010.
Listen to Pioneer's Jamie Gass on the Rod Arquette Show in Utah, on Why More States are Rethinking Adoption of Common Core: "This is really ObamaCare for K-12 Education."Jim Stergios has called the crisis of the Lawrence Public Schools (now in state receivership) Massachusetts' "Katrina" Moment, recognizing that Lawrence's 13,000 schoolchildren need innovative approaches, and more high-quality educational options - now. State education leaders have the potential to transform the lives of these children, rather than sticking with the status quo. Pioneer is holding a breakfast event on July 31st on the Lawrence school reforms and school choice, featuring Jeffrey Riley, Lawrence Superintendent, and a distinguished panel of education leaders. Please join us for this historic opportunity to make an impact. Click here for details and RSVP by emailing bpatterson at pioneerinstitute.org.