To broaden the conversation into parenting, Marshall noted that several scholars were struck by the insights Bill Mattox of the James Madison Institute presented in his essay.
“I talk about baseball,” Mattox began his summary, mentioning legends such as Jackie Robinson. “In baseball circles, there has been this robust conversation in the last 10 to 15 years about the decline in participation among black youth. Fewer and fewer Major Leaguers now come from the African American community.”
On July 11, 2017, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranked Florida first out of all 50 states in the 2017 edition of the Center’s State Fiscal Rankings. The study ranks each US state’s financial health based on short- and long-term debt and other key fiscal obligations, such as unfunded pensions and healthcare benefits. After consistently remaining in the top 10, the Sunshine State has jumped to number 1, beating out the competition as the most fiscally responsible state.
On hand for the thoughtful doings: Helen M. Alvare, George Mason University law professor; the Rev. Derek McCoy, executive vice president, Center for Urban Renewal and Education; William Mattox, director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at James Madison Institute; Henry Olsen, senior fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Israel Ortega, spokesperson for the LIBRE Initiative. The 90-minute event will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. EDT at Heritage.org.
At the James Madison Institute, we spend a great deal of time reviewing health care policies to consider the impacts each law may have. We understand health care is a complex issue, requiring policymakers across the political spectrum to make difficult decisions.
Within the health care debate, we have identified five essential elements that policymakers should require in any legislation that reaches President Trump’s desk.
But if Florida’s 2017 legislative session is any indication, even some of the milder efforts to offer more learning options to students around the country will be met with unhinged, over-the-top, hyperbolic opposition from the education establishment. Witness what happened in the Sunshine State leading up to the governor signing a forward-thinking education reform measure that will help children in struggling schools.
Florida is well-positioned to see continued growth in the coming years as a result of the actions of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature in this year’s regular legislative session. That’s the conclusion of the James Madison Institute (JMI), the state’s oldest and largest nonprofit research and educational organization.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signing of the omnibus education bill is a win for Florida students, parents, and teachers. Florida continues to lead the nation in school choice efforts and to serve as a model for other states that strive to give parents and students the choice of different educational styles and curricula that meet each child’s unique needs.