Friday Roundup: Teacher retention, infrastructure finance & regulation, confidence in the economy,

There are always a few items we’ve read during a week that deserve more attention but don’t make it into our regular posts. So we bundle them for the Friday roundup.

Here’s this week’s bundle:

The Lens: What Makes Teachers Stay, or Leave?

But while adjusting teacher pay might help, Brenna said better school leadership and stronger support for starting teachers their first year are higher priorities for improving teacher retention.

“Working conditions are typically more important than almost anything else,” he said.

The Hill: Report: Private sector key to nation’s infrastructure, but hurdles remain

“The private sector has available capital and expertise to deploy,” the report says. “Yet decades of bureaucratic decision making has created layers of regulatory hurdles, which, together with a fundamental lack of needed data, are making it overly burdensome and cost prohibitive for the private sector to invest.”

Kauffman Foundation: 2016 Index of Growth Entrepreneurship

The Growth Entrepreneurship Index—an indicator of how much entrepreneurial businesses are growing—rose in the last year for the third year in a row, indicating that business growth has largely recovered from its Great Recession slump. A principle driver of this year’s uptick in growth is an increase in business employment growth indicators: startups are growing faster in their first five years than they were before, and more companies are reaching the scale of medium-sized or larger.

State Legislatures: Shifting Gears–The federal FAST Act might help states find more sustainable transportation revenue

The biggest hurdle with road fees might be convincing American drivers to pay an amount that is much more visible than the relatively hidden tax included in the price of gas.

Proponents of road-use charges point out that people think they pay more in gas taxes for transportation infrastructure than what they actually do…There are other concerns, namely privacy and fairness. The new technology being used to record the miles drivers’ travel may be able to track where they go and when as well. And rural residents and truckers question whether user fees are fair to those who have no choice but to travel long distances.

The Hill: Poll: Americans pessimistic about economy, but upbeat about own finances

Americans are largely pessimistic about the economy in an election year but hold mostly positive views about their personal finances, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Forty-two percent of U.S. adults describe the economy as good, while two-thirds of adults say their own households are doing well, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.