The "middle class"
The paper also discusses the "economics of happiness," related to relative income and self-assessment.
Who Are the "Middle Class"?, CRS Report RS22627 (pdf, 6pp/68kB, from Open CRS), March 20, 2007
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...population aging is itself a relatively minor factor in the growth of national spending for health care. Other factors, including rising per capita income, the availability of new health care products and services, health insurance coverage, and characteristics of the health care system, play a much bigger role.However, even if aging has a minor impact on national health spending, it will have a larger impact on federal spending because of growth in costs and enrollment in Medicare.
provides a statistical snapshot of high schools for the United States and includes data on funding, teachers' salaries, graduation rates, college readiness, and academic achievement.Washington Post (WP) reported Thursday on the Maryland State Card, which "could be a crucial tool in Maryland legislators' discussions about educational funding priorities."
Hawaii's economy would see millions if the minority graduation rate was raised to the level of their white classmates.
Among the document's most controversial proposals is a call for states and school systems to "fairly and efficiently remove ineffective teachers."The Center states much of their recommendations was built on the data as reported in the interactive state-by-state map, Education Report Card.
The platform also urged the development of statewide data systems to help track student achievement and teacher effectiveness. It also called on schools to expand student learning time -- which encompasses classroom time, tutoring and after-school and experiential programs -- and called for states to adopt a common definition of graduation rates.
Without real leadership in education reform, our economic future and prosperity are at risk.Leaders and Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness