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“the decline [in unionization] remains virtually unchanged through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, dramatic alterations in the composition of Congress and statehouses, and amid the working lives of an entire generation of Americans.” That’s Mike Antonucci on the long-term decline of unionism.

A new research paper from Dongwoo Kim, Cory Koedel, and P. Brett Xiang finds that, “a 1% (of salaries) increase in the annual required pension contribution corresponds to a decrease in total teacher salary expenditures of 0.24%.”

A new Rand study finds that NYC’s Community Schools program boosted student attendance, credit accumulation, graduation rates, and math achievement. However, the program costs roughly $200 million a year, prompting Jennifer Jennings, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, to ask, “The question is really: Did it work better than other things that cost similar amounts of money or with fewer public dollars?”

Are district accountability systems duplicative of state efforts, or are they providing a unique contribution? Denver is about to find out.

LaVonia Abavana, a Camden parent, talks about navigating her school choice options with a special-needs child.

A study by Elaine M. Allensworth and Kallie Clark on graduates of Chicago public high schools found that high school GPAs were much more predictive than ACT scores of the students’ probability of graduating from college.

Three community colleges in Ohio were able to double their three-year graduation rates and increase their transfers to four-year colleges by 50 percent, thanks to an effort to replicate the successful CUNY ASAP program.

How can the NFL diversify its head coaching ranks?

–Guest post by Chad Aldeman 

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