• Anthony Williams, Alice Rivlin to lead search for new D.C. CFO

    Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Control Board Chair Alice Rivlin will lead the District's nationwide search for its next chief financial officer, Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday.

  • Former mayor, control board chair to lead search for new DC chief financial officer

    Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday that former mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin will lead a search committee that will recommend candidates for chief financial officer.

  • New Simpson-Bowles plan could revive earlier proposals on fed worker benefits

    The new Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction initiative put forward Tuesday as a potential route out of Washington’s budget thicket could revive several items in the original Simpson-Bowles plan that would have a significant impact on federal employee benefits.

  • Is The Call For Universal Pre-Kindergarten Warranted?

    Enthusiasm for universal Pre-K education is at an all-time high, and President Obama wants to massively increase the ranks of young children in schools and early learning centers. Some studies have shown significant and long-lasting benefits of early stimulation for children.

  • Obama and early childhood education: a rhetorical leap of faith

    President Obama on Thursday unveiled a proposal to greatly expand pre-K and other early childhood education programs. As a White House statement put it, Obama believes that “high-quality early education provides the foundation for all children’s success in school and helps to reduce achievement gaps.”

  • The best choice for pope? A nun.

    In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff.

  • Can Obama Sell Universal Preschool to the GOP?

    In a speech to promote his State of the Union education plan, President Obama framed it in a way to appeal to Republicans: It saves money. But the question is not whether it's a good idea so much as whether it can pass the Republican-controlled House.

  • Hey Congress: Pre-K is a better investment than the stock market

    William Gormley, a professor at Georgetown, has extensively evaluated Oklahoma’s pre-K program and found that participants are much better off than Head Start participants in terms of cognitive development. He also has found that the programs makes students more prepared for school, with participants doing 52 percent better on tests of their ability to recognize words.

  • Obama embraces the audacity of freedom

    President Obama is a freer man than he has been at any point in his presidency. He is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising tea party movement and from the need to win reelection.

  • The urgency of growth

    If you care about deficits, you should want our economy to grow faster. If you care about lifting up the poor and reducing unemployment, you should want our economy to grow faster. And if you are a committed capitalist and hope to make more money, you should want our economy to grow faster.