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MA Drop Out Rates

The Massachusetts Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery Commission met last week and determined that there is cause for the commission to recommend upping the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18.  Boston University School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman extensively studied high school truancy and is available to for comment on this, and […]

Fed guidelines for bank pay

In an effort to avoid unnecessary risk taking in the financial services industry, the Federal Reserve has issued guidelines regulating bankers’ pay.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says it’s a welcome step but not enough. What is […]

Government hits bank pay

In unprecedented moves, President Obama’s “pay czar” has put restrictions on compensation for top earners at the 7 biggest recipients of taxpayer bailout funds, while the Federal Reserve issued new guidelines to restrict pay practices at all banks to prevent excessive risk taking.  School of Management Professor James Post, an expert on corporate governance and business […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Just back from the American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) annual Food & Nutrition Expo, here are some other fabulous, trendy, “Better For You” foods to look for: Crisps Real Sliced Fruit: These no-added sugar delights are 100% fruit that are freeze-dried. They are crispy and naturally sweet for less than 50 calories a serving! Perfect for […]

Auto brand loyality fading

Whereas in the 1980s nearly four in five Americans were repeat buyers of the same brand of automobile, a new survey shows only 20 percent show such loyalty today.  School of Management marketing Professor Shuba Srinivasan, who studies auto-industry marketing, says increased reliance on sales promotions is partly to blame. “Over the last decade, the […]

California sues State Street

Boston-based State Street Corporation has been sued by the California attorney general for “unconscionable fraud” against that state’s largest public-worker pension funds.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says the big questions are how will State Street act in the […]

“Hidden” costs of energy

The National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council reports that there’s about $120 billion in “hidden costs” — including environmental and public health damage — from energy production and consumption every year.  Professor Ian Sue Wing of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies was a member of the NRC committee which conducted the study. […]

Interracial pair denied marriage license

A Louisiana justice of the peace is raising legal eyebrows for denying an interracial couple a marriage license because he doesn’t think it would be good for any child the couple might have.  Law Professor Linda McClain, a family law authority, says the J.P. is flat-out wrong legally, based on a long-ago U.S. Supreme Court […]

Obama Nobel debate

With reports that most of the Nobel committee initially argued against giving President Obama the 2009 Peace Prize, former U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith, director of BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC), makes the case in a Bay State Banner commentary for awarding the honor. “The Nobel Committee gets something that seems to elude […]

Times keeps Globe

After months of forcing cutbacks and considering bids, The New York Times Company decided to keep the Boston Globe after all.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a Pulitzer-winning former Miami Herald executive editor, says the key reasons were the “stunningly low” offers and the new optimism about the Globe’s prospects. “Add to that significant […]