Teacher Evaluations Highlight Divide Between Unions and Reformers

By Matt Cole
The new system of evaluating teacher effectiveness often includes “value-added” data that measures the extra value a teacher adds to a student's standardized test score. Value-added data offers an objective measure of teacher effectiveness that did not previously exist.

TAGS: Act 54, Bobby Jindal, Education Reform, Louisiana, Manhattan Institute, marcus winters, rayne martin, stand for children, teacher evaluations, teachers unions, value added

Beware of Bank Regulations Curtailing Credit

By Jennifer Moreale
As Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute points out, there is widespread hostility towards the financial sector even though: 140 banks failed in 2009 regulators and Congress encouraged banks to make high-risk loans many banks were required by Hank Paulson to take the TARP money in 2008 all but one large bank repaid TARP funds...

TAGS: Barack Obama, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee, Jason Zweig, Manhattan Institute, Volcker Rule