Dana Goldsteinpoints to recent studies indicating that the Obama administration and prominent education reformers who are pushing high-stakes testing and teacher accountability-oriented reforms may have reform all wrong:
The New Yorker's James Surowieckiargues that Elizabeth Warren is in fact a friend of capitalism:
The core principle of Warren’s work is also a cornerstone of economic theory: well-informed consumers make for vigorous competition and efficient markets. That idea is embodied in the design of the new agency, which focuses on improving the information that consumers get from banks and other financial institutions, so that they can do the kind of comparison shopping that makes the markets for other consumer products work so well.
Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood on the state level took a big hit yesterday when the administration finally weighed in and deemed Indiana's effort to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding illegal. A letter from Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) head Donald Berwick made clear that "Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider's scope of practice. Such a restriction would have a particular effect on beneficiaries ' ability to access family planning providers."
Texas may soon demonstrate what it looks like to drastically cut both access to family planning and abortion. Earlier this week, I wrote about the imminent loss of Texas's Medicaid Women's Health Program, which provides poor women with things like birth control and cancer screenings. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. As budget negotiations wrap up this week, family-planning funds are being gutted, so much so that family-planning clinics like Planned Parenthood could receive no money at all from the state government.