Entries by Justin Katz

The School Choice Idea in Rhode Island: Myths, Opinions, and Realities

The public policy debate about school choice — about allowing Rhode Island’s children and their families the freedom to determine what educational approach best suits their needs — is coming to the Ocean State in a big way. As the public, the news media, and elected representatives begin the conversation, it is important that they start from a foundation of facts.

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2013: The Big Drop

Rhode Island’s relatively steady unemployment rate for July, at 8.9%, is highly misleading.  According to the statistics published by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2,379 fewer Rhode Islanders reported being employed than did the month before, but 2,538 fewer people reported that they’re either working or looking for work, so the official unemployment […]