Impact Magazine Summer 2015
As we look forward to a busy summer, PRI remains committed to its mission of championing freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing market-based policy solutions. I can’t help but be proud of the impact we have made on the public policy debate and I hope you agree. But, there is much more to be done. Politicians and government bureaucrats in Washington and state capitals have dramatically increased the size and scope of government in recent years. Excessive regulation and over-taxation have left Americans with fewer opportunities to create a better life for themselves and their families. PRI is needed now more than ever to combat these challenges with rigorous, cutting-edge research, and thought-provoking public commentary that lay the groundwork for positive results.
This edition of Impact includes a special feature on Moonshots in Education – a new book on blended learning published by PRI’s Center for Education and authored by Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director Lance Izumi and journalist and educator Esther Wojcicki. Actor James Franco wrote the foreword. Blended learning is an innovative teaching model that combines classroom instruction and digital learning. The book offers practical models to educators that will allow them to transform the way students learn. Lance and his team continue to make great strides in the education reform arena. PRI’s research on digital learning was used by California Assemblywoman Shannon Grove as the basis for her bill, passed last year, which expands online learning opportunities for virtual charter school students.
We are also pleased to showcase our California Prosperity Agenda – a set of 12 commonsense, bipartisan reforms to halt California’s long-term trajectory of economic decline and advance prosperity and opportunity throughout the state. This bold and cutting-edge project includes tax reform, public pension reform, a sound water policy, regulatory relief, and education reform, among other goals – all measures that will improve the lives and prosperity of Californians and their families. PRI is leading the charge for legislative reform by taking the Agenda to citizens, taxpayers, business and professional groups, and elected politicians and their staffers throughout the state. California is too important to our country for us to stand by and watch it collapse. California can be saved, and PRI is leading the revival.
Your support has been critical to PRI’s success in becoming an authoritative voice for liberty in the debate over American public policy. I hope we can count on your continued support as we promote free-market policies that will lead to a stronger, freer America where individuals have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Sally C. Pipes