Author Archives: Don Soifer

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...]
Practices of the U.S. Postal Service That Imply Anti-Competitive Behavior: Historical Parallels and Remedies Across Other Regulated Sectors Summary Click here to download the full study as PDF. As have previous government monopolies, the U.S. Postal Service has been engaging in a pattern of business practices that appear anti-competitive, leveraging postal law to enable it to gain impermissible [Read More...]
Is Your Mailman (Unwittingly) a Drug Dealer? (From the Baltimore Sun) Securing our nation’s borders against illegal entrants has become the most reverberant, and often most polarizing, rallying cry of the nation’s recent political discourse. But a different kind of illegal threat entering this country every day is at least as [Read More...]
Announcing the Third Cohort of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows Congratulations to our exciting new class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows, announced this morning.  Each of these pioneering education leaders has demonstrated through the application and interview process their desire to do even more to support teachers and [Read More...]
Postal Service “Profits” are Nothing to Write Home About The U.S. Postal Service has finally delivered — a profit, that is. Last month, the beleaguered government agency reported its first net quarterly profit in five years. Have Americans rediscovered their love of greeting cards? Not really. A closer look [Read More...]
Announcing the Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowships Third Cohort We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellows.  Applications are online here and will remain open through April 10th. The LELA fellowship remains the only national initiative [Read More...]
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