Teachers Unions for Perpetual Lockdown

As states and municipalities pursue phased reopenings of economic and social life amid the novel coronavirus, workers are headed back to work. But some workers are finding teachers unions to be a perhaps unexpected impediment to resuming something like normalcy. The burden would likely fall hardest on suburban professional women forced to choose between their careers and supervising children compelled to “learn” through “distance learning,” a euphemism for government school…

Cats and Mice, Donors and Their Foundations

Specifically, Brian Galle finds that a philanthropic foundation’s “overhead, or the ratio of administrative expenses to grants made, jumps by about 12% as soon as the organization’s last living donor dies. Payout rates, or the share of assets spent each year” on actual grantmaking, “move sharply in the opposite direction, falling about 7% at that time.” He argues “these changes are caused directly by the death of the donor and…

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