Author Archives: Don Soifer

Needed International Mail Reforms Inch Forward International Postal Update – January 2017 MODEST PROGRESS WITH NEW POSTAGE RATE SYSTEM  At the 26th Universal Postal Congress (UPU) this fall, member countries voted to institute a new payment system for letters and small packages shipped by international mail. [Read More...]
Chancellor Wilson’s Brightly-Lit Road to Succeeding with the DC Public Schools The inspired choice of Antwan Wilson as new chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) brings to light several factors which should go a long way toward supporting his success in the dynamic education landscape of the Nation’s [Read More...]
How Honest is the Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong Lawsuit? The federal government’s lawsuit against former cycling champion Lance Armstrong could potentially cost the fallen icon nearly $100 million in damages.  But the U.S. Postal Service, on whose behalf the government is seeking to collect, has shown it knows a [Read More...]
International Postal Update — October 2016 UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION CONGRESS TWEAKS TERMINAL DUES SYSTEM The Universal Postal Union, the governing organization for international mail, concluded its Istanbul Congress with modest revisions to its pricing system for shipments between designated postal operators. Member countries approved pricing changes [Read More...]
What Does a Reinvented High School Model for 2016 Look Like? The excitement around this month’s “XQ: The Super School Project” announcement created a contagious buzz around ten highly innovative high school models across the country.  The ten winning schools were each awarded $10 million to execute their forward-facing [Read More...]
Postal Trendwatch – September 2016 Click here to download the full report as PDF. Mail Use Study Illustrates Postal Service’s Shifting Role Executive Summary Declines across categories of mail continue to cause gradual shifts to the U.S. Postal Service’s role in Americans’ everyday lives, according [Read More...]
DC’s Charter Sector Drives Academic Gains Citywide Students in the Nation’s Capital continue to make relatively strong achievement gains, according to results announced this week on the PARCC assessment.  But despite this progress, only about one in four students overall performed on grade level as aligned with [Read More...]
Collect on Delivery: $54 Billion in Unfunded Postal Retiree Health Benefits? The U.S. Postal Service earned $68.9 billion in total revenue last year – -that’s the good news.  The less-good news, unfortunately, was that it reported $73.8 billion in operating expenses for the year. But the really bad news is that [Read More...]
Virginia’s Sensible Upgrades to its Charter School Law For supporters (and opponents) of public charter schools, Virginia’s 2016 General Assembly session attracted a great deal of attention to proposed legislation, authored by Senator Mark Obenshain, which sought to allow the state board of education to approve new charter [Read More...]
World’s Postal Leaders Scrutinize Reform Proposals International Postal Update — July 2016 26th UNIVERSAL POSTAL CONGRESS THIS FALL IN ISTANBUL From September 20 to October 7, postal officials from across the globe will gather in Istanbul, Turkey, to shape the future of the sector. The Universal [Read More...]
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