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New Report Attempts to Tally California’s Cost of Remediation

A new report from the libertarian-leaning Pacific Research Institute attempts to calculate the total costs Californians bear as a result of students who graduate from high school unprepared for college. The report, scheduled for release today, estimates that each wave of freshmen entering California’s public colleges in need of remediation ...
Business & Economics

The Diplomatic Courier Announces Significant New Global Partners and New Advisory Board Member

Washington, DC – Today, the Diplomatic Courier is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its editorial base through partnerships with the Prague-based news organization Newstin (Czech Republic), the Zurich-based International Relations and Security Network (Switzerland), and the California-based Pacific Research Institute (United States). ‘The addition of these new partners ...
Business & Economics

Finding a Fix for New Jersey’s Climate Woes

New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance, July 22, 2008 PRI’s Director of Business and Economic Studies, Lawrence J. McQuillan, Ph.D., talks about the U.S. Index of Tort Liability and New Jersey’s poor ranking at this event sponsored by the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance.
Business & Economics

Solidify California as the Nation’s Medicine Chest

The Star-Ledger is reporting that Hoffmann-La Roche, which employs 3,240 workers in New Jersey, is moving its corporate headquarters to California. Although the full jobs impact is not yet known, Hoffmann-La Roche’s move represents another setback for a state that in 1990 had 20 percent of the pharmaceutical jobs in ...
California

California high school dropout rate recalculated

California’s high school dropout rate has been recalculated and the results are surprising. For several years, California’s Department of Education has been reporting a high school dropout rate ranging between three and 13 percent. However, Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute says the rate has been recalculated and found ...
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Remedial Education Costs Californians from $4 Billion to $14 Billion Annually According to PRI Report

San Francisco – The poor performance of California’s public schools costs Californians up to $14 billion in remedial education programs, rivaling the state’s current budget deficit of $17 billion. The High Price of Failure in California: How Inadequate Education Costs Schools, Students, and Society, released today by the Pacific Research ...
Business & Economics

Internet Habits and the Presidency

When it comes to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently said that he’s “an illiterate who has to rely on his wife for any assistance he can get.” In an era where the Internet is playing an ever greater role, does such an admission matter, and does it ...
Business & Economics

Taxpayers Down Tube With Digital Mandate

A congressionally mandated switchover to digital TV is proving costly to both consumers and the industry, analysts say, and taxpayers ought to be added to that list. Some argue that consumers shouldn’t have to pay any expense related to the change because broadcasters are benefiting from the transition. Broadcasters respond ...
Business & Economics

Illinois needs lawsuit reform

Dear Editor, The evidence is overwhelming. There simply is no denying Illinois’ reputation as the “Lawsuit Capital of the Midwest.” Just in the last few months, several nationwide studies have been released and have confirmed Illinois’ status as a magnet for lawsuits. One report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ...
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The Dropout Disaster: We Told You So

In 1997, the Pacific Research Institute released the first of its ongoing California Index of Leading Education Indicators, which included a chapter on California’s dropout rate. The Index warned that the state Department of Education missed legions of dropouts who weren’t accounted for in the Department’s crude calculating methods. The ...
Commentary

New Report Attempts to Tally California’s Cost of Remediation

A new report from the libertarian-leaning Pacific Research Institute attempts to calculate the total costs Californians bear as a result of students who graduate from high school unprepared for college. The report, scheduled for release today, estimates that each wave of freshmen entering California’s public colleges in need of remediation ...
Business & Economics

The Diplomatic Courier Announces Significant New Global Partners and New Advisory Board Member

Washington, DC – Today, the Diplomatic Courier is pleased to announce a significant expansion of its editorial base through partnerships with the Prague-based news organization Newstin (Czech Republic), the Zurich-based International Relations and Security Network (Switzerland), and the California-based Pacific Research Institute (United States). ‘The addition of these new partners ...
Business & Economics

Finding a Fix for New Jersey’s Climate Woes

New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance, July 22, 2008 PRI’s Director of Business and Economic Studies, Lawrence J. McQuillan, Ph.D., talks about the U.S. Index of Tort Liability and New Jersey’s poor ranking at this event sponsored by the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance.
Business & Economics

Solidify California as the Nation’s Medicine Chest

The Star-Ledger is reporting that Hoffmann-La Roche, which employs 3,240 workers in New Jersey, is moving its corporate headquarters to California. Although the full jobs impact is not yet known, Hoffmann-La Roche’s move represents another setback for a state that in 1990 had 20 percent of the pharmaceutical jobs in ...
California

California high school dropout rate recalculated

California’s high school dropout rate has been recalculated and the results are surprising. For several years, California’s Department of Education has been reporting a high school dropout rate ranging between three and 13 percent. However, Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute says the rate has been recalculated and found ...
Commentary

Remedial Education Costs Californians from $4 Billion to $14 Billion Annually According to PRI Report

San Francisco – The poor performance of California’s public schools costs Californians up to $14 billion in remedial education programs, rivaling the state’s current budget deficit of $17 billion. The High Price of Failure in California: How Inadequate Education Costs Schools, Students, and Society, released today by the Pacific Research ...
Business & Economics

Internet Habits and the Presidency

When it comes to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently said that he’s “an illiterate who has to rely on his wife for any assistance he can get.” In an era where the Internet is playing an ever greater role, does such an admission matter, and does it ...
Business & Economics

Taxpayers Down Tube With Digital Mandate

A congressionally mandated switchover to digital TV is proving costly to both consumers and the industry, analysts say, and taxpayers ought to be added to that list. Some argue that consumers shouldn’t have to pay any expense related to the change because broadcasters are benefiting from the transition. Broadcasters respond ...
Business & Economics

Illinois needs lawsuit reform

Dear Editor, The evidence is overwhelming. There simply is no denying Illinois’ reputation as the “Lawsuit Capital of the Midwest.” Just in the last few months, several nationwide studies have been released and have confirmed Illinois’ status as a magnet for lawsuits. One report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ...
Commentary

The Dropout Disaster: We Told You So

In 1997, the Pacific Research Institute released the first of its ongoing California Index of Leading Education Indicators, which included a chapter on California’s dropout rate. The Index warned that the state Department of Education missed legions of dropouts who weren’t accounted for in the Department’s crude calculating methods. The ...
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