Northeastern States

  • High school student talking to a teacher near lockers

    Commentary

    The Hidden Costs of Pension Plan Reform

    While there are many policy options that may decrease pension liabilities for Chicago and cities and states in similar situations, some options being considered may also have serious consequences for the public sector workforce, now and in the future.

    May 18, 2016

  • A teacher helps a high school student work on a laptop

    Commentary

    Helping Pittsburgh Stay on the Cutting Edge of Education Innovation

    Local organizations, educators, and leaders are creating remarkable learning experiences for Pittsburgh's young people, and other cities around the country are striving to replicate their innovations.

    May 8, 2016

  • Teacher helping schoolboy.

    Research Brief

    How Different Pension Policies Can Impact Teacher Retention

    A dynamic retention model can help policymakers concerned with mounting pension costs estimate and analyze the relationship between different retirement benefit policies and retention over the career of Chicago public school teachers.

    May 2, 2016

  • Young male teacher

    Report

    Retirement Benefits and Teacher Retention

    There is little capacity to predict how recent pension reforms and changes to teacher compensation will affect teacher turnover and teacher experience mix—and in turn—potentially impact the cost and efficacy of the public education system. Research using a structural modeling approach may begin to fill that gap.

    May 2, 2016

  • The Duquesne Incline operates in front of the downtown skyline of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Blog

    In Pittsburgh, a Day of Giving

    All funds that RAND raises on May 3 through Pittsburgh's Day of Giving will be devoted to RAND's work taking place in southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Apr 27, 2016

  • News Release

    News Release

    Examining Wages, Employment and STEM Education at County Level for the Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    The first-ever county-level examination of wages and employment for workers with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to support long-term economic growth in the region by preparing K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 16, 2016

  • News Release

    News Release

    High-Quality, Full-Scale Preschool Programs Boost School Readiness and Produce Sustained Benefits

    The investment in high-quality preschool programs may be paid back through improved outcomes during the school-age years and beyond. In addition to school readiness, they produce long-term benefits like lower rates of special education use, reduced grade repetition, and higher high school graduation rates.

    Mar 11, 2016

  • Preschool students and a teacher building a tower with blocks

    Report

    High-Quality, Full-Scale Preschool Programs Boost School Readiness and Produce Sustained Benefits

    The investment in high-quality preschool may be paid back through improved outcomes during the school-age years and beyond. In addition to school readiness, they produce long-term benefits like lower rates of special education use, reduced grade repetition, and higher high school graduation rates.

    Mar 11, 2016

  • A young man learns as an apprentice in a manufacturing setting

    Project

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative seeks to support long-term, sustainable economic growth in the Pittsburgh tri-state area by preparing K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 9, 2016

  • Volunteers distribute bottled water to help combat the effects of the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, March 5, 2016

    Commentary

    Community Resilience Is Key in the Aftermath of Flint's Lead Water Crisis

    For Flint to recover from this latest disaster, it will be critical for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to invest in and implement strategies to build on existing community resilience and strengthen Flint's ability to bounce back.

    Mar 9, 2016

  • Two engineers check the status of equipment in a manufacturing facility

    Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    The first county-level examination of wages and employment for workers in the Appalachia region with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to prepare K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 9, 2016

  • Student giving a joint to another student

    Commentary

    Making Prevention a Priority

    A bill legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in Vermont has a strong possibility of passing. Lawmakers and communities should focus on putting in place drug prevention programs aimed at young people, considering that their marijuana use is higher in Vermont than the national average.

    Mar 7, 2016

  • Neighborhood dignitaries gathered in 2013 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Shop 'n Save supermarket

    Essay

    The Surprising Ways That a Supermarket Changed a Food Desert

    The arrival of a new grocery store in a “food desert” neighborhood delivered some obvious health benefits. But the benefits had nothing to do with whether residents shopped there.

    Feb 24, 2016

  • Members of the New York City Police Department's Critical Response Command anti-terrorism unit stand in formation on Randall's Island in New York City, November 16, 2015

    Commentary

    A Symbolic Purging of the NYPD Radicalization Report

    The NYPD's purging of its 2007 report on radicalization may give some satisfaction by symbolically breaking the connection between the current mayoral administration and the NYPD's previous intelligence and investigative efforts. But its significance seems questionable.

    Jan 26, 2016

  • Dentist and assistant cleaning a person's teeth

    Report

    Access to Dental Providers in Pennsylvania: Exploration of the County-Level Distribution of Dental Providers and Populations in 2013

    This report examines an important factor in the ability to access dental care: the distribution and availability of dental health providers. The authors assess these characteristics of providers across the counties of Pennsylvania in 2013.

    Jan 21, 2016

  • People walking past homeless veteran in Detroit, MI

    Report

    Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Veterans in the Metro Detroit Area

    This study focuses on the mental health-related needs facing veterans in the Detroit metropolitan area to identify gaps in the support landscape and inform future investments for community-level resources to fill those gaps.

    Jan 14, 2016

  • Veteran meeting with therapist

    Research Brief

    Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Metro Detroit's Veterans

    Using a variety of methods, RAND has constructed a broad and detailed picture of the mental health support landscape for metro Detroit veterans, and identified areas where critical gaps remain.

    Jan 14, 2016

  • Report

    Report

    Evaluation of the Regional Choice Initiative

    This evaluation describes the Regional Choice Initiative (RCI), a large-scale initiative in 17 school districts in Pennsylvania. The RCI sought to expand school choice and offer more-rigorous courses for students in grades 7 to 12.

    Jan 8, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Using a Merit-Based Scholarship Program to Increase Rates of College Enrollment in an Urban School District: The Case of the Pittsburgh Promise

    This study assesses whether the introduction of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program directly influenced changes in rates of college enrollment among students graduating from Pittsburgh public high schools in years immediately following the launch of the program.

    Dec 28, 2015

  • A no-school sign is pictured at Florence Nightingale Middle School in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, December 15, 2015

    Commentary

    How Terrorist Threats Against LA and New York Schools Exposed Weaknesses

    The handling of terrorist threats on Los Angeles and New York City schools calls into question the ability of national and local government to coordinate a terrorist crisis involving two or more cities.

    Dec 23, 2015