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Marilyn Moon, Institute Fellow and director of AIR's Institute on Aging, writes in the Los Angeles Times about how the fight over the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is reminiscent of the furor over Medicare's beginnings in 1966.
The New Year will be critical for one of the health care reform law’s most significant provisions: the creation of health insurance exchanges. These new virtual marketplaces allow consumers and small business to comparison shop for health insurance, increasing coordination and simplifying access to affordable health insurance.
While national crime trends keep falling, urban centers and large counties are still grappling with a dangerous collection of violent crimes. The justice system needs better ways to define and count the types of violent crimes embedded in complicated neighborhood and family dynamics.
The use of student test-based measures of teacher effectiveness in personnel decisions, such as tenure, is controversial. It is a major bone of contention in the recent Chicago teacher strike. The conversation here focuses on the uses, value and limitations of these measures, often called value-added measures.
The strike in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district, raises questions about teachers unions nationwide. Jane Hannaway, a vice president of AIR, and Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education, explain how different teachers unions work.