Millions of Americans are disconnected from the financial system. Some do not have bank accounts at all, while others with accounts also rely on products outside the mainstream banking system, such as check cashers and pawn shops. These families often pay more just to access their paychecks, pay bills, and manage their money. But city and community leaders, as well as banks, have taken steps toward building a more inclusive financial system that works for all Americans.
Over the course of a generation, what we know about the brain has grown exponentially. As a result of our improved understanding of our minds, we now have more insight into how children—and adults—learn best. Cognitive science has yielded some paradoxical findings, including that play may be the best way for children to learn the self-control needed for hard work; that rote memorization can be a stepping stone to using higher-order critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and that integrating arts into the curriculum can improve students’ long-term memory of what is taught.
Unfortunately, this research has often been slow to make its way into schools or is used in haphazard ways. Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, at which we will discuss ways in which findings from cognitive science can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. Implications for federal, state, and local policy will be discussed.
The nation's system of public universities, colleges, and training centers has long served as one of the key levers for broadening economic and social mobility. Yet, since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, state governments have decreased their direct investment in these vital public institutions. State budget cuts have devastating real-world effects: Public colleges have increased their reliance on tuition paid by students and families, and in particular, the net price paid by low- and middle-income Americans has increased in the states that cut funding the most. In order to achieve the nation's goals for a highly educated population and to remain competitive in the global economy, this great retreat in public support for higher education needs to be reversed.
The public narrative about “work-family balance” is too often reduced to quick sound bites and images that communicate a narrow vision of which women deserve attention and what problems they face. The result is a discussion that is at times simplistic and not inclusive—one that leaves out the diverse voices of many women from different backgrounds, particularly women of color, who are grappling with similar problems. This event will bring together experts to discuss how to achieve a more inclusive conversation about work-family conflicts that is reflective of the diverse experiences of all women and what policy solutions are needed to improve the lives of women and their families.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with key state and federal officials and leading experts from the environmental and labor communities. There is a growing awareness that methane pollution must be addressed if we intend to avoid the worst effects of climate change. This panel will examine state and federal approaches to capturing the potential economic and environmental benefits of methane pollution control strategies.
Across the nation, there's growing concern around tests and the role that they play in our nation's education system. For decades, many states and districts have taken a slap-dash approach to testing, and they have relied heavily on so-called bubble tests, which are often poor benchmarks of student learning. What's more, tests have taken an outsized role in many areas, and in some states and districts, students are simply overtested.
While rising inequality and racial and ethnic diversity have played prominently in national policy discussions, the population most impacted by these changes has been largely absent: children younger than 3 years old, collectively referred to as infants and toddlers. Infants and toddlers already experience poverty at the highest rate of any group. The current cohort is also leading the demographic shift toward a nation that is a majority people of color. In light of the convergence of these two trends, Center for American Progress will release a report positioning this group as an important bellwether for the future of the country. We will explore the patchwork of federal programs serving infants and toddlers and recommend a set of strategies to better align these services to make sure all children have a strong start.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m., as we discuss ways to improve the life outcomes for our youngest, most-vulnerable children.
On October 13 and 14, the Center for American Progress will convene a group of U.S. and Chinese experts to assess progress in U.S.-China relations since the Sunnylands Summit and to offer policy recommendations for both sides as President Barack Obama prepares for his next China trip. The scholars participating in this dialogue are top foreign policy experts in their 30s and 40s who began their careers when the diplomatic door was open and U.S.-China exchanges were allowed and encouraged. This group of rising scholars has spent more time immersed in each other's language, political environment, and cultural environment than any generation before them. That gives this new generation of rising experts in both nations a unique perspective and a profound opportunity to work together and seek innovative solutions to currently intractable challenges. CAP will release written reports in November featuring this group’s views and recommendations.
The event will be held at Museo Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City and available on live stream by clicking here. As the population of Hispanics in the United States continues to grow, it will be important to understand their ascending political power. President Obama’s re-election marked a high point in this transformation with the […]
Late this summer and early fall, the tragic shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, captured national attention. Ferguson—a town that is more than 60 percent black but whose political power structure is overwhelmingly white—became a stark illustration of the ways our political leadership has not changed along with our country. During this time, the Reflective Democracy Campaign completed a historic new database cataloging the race and gender of more than 40,000 elected office holders in the United States. The results from this unprecedented survey are unsettling—and the need for change has never been greater. Please join us for a presentation of the Reflective Democracy Campaign’s new findings, followed by a panel discussion of how to understand, address, and reverse the chronic underrepresentation of women and people of color in American politics.
By any metric, climate change is the key driver of growing commercial interests in the Arctic and serious environmental and economic risks in the region and globally. As the incoming Arctic Council chairman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has an opportunity to set an Arctic agenda aimed at reducing heat-trapping emissions in and beyond the region, conserving invaluable Arctic marine and coastal ecosystems, and promoting a peaceful, secure, and sustainable Arctic.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a dialogue with Admiral Robert J. Papp and other thought leaders on U.S. Arctic policy priorities during the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship and beyond. Admiral Papp was recently appointed by Secretary Kerry to serve as the U.S. special representative for the Arctic.
The Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, are one of the most significant shifts in American public education in decades. The standards aim to improve the quality of education by creating a set of academic expectations for the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in college and the 21st century workplace.
Tax reform appears stalled for now—a victim of the same political gridlock hindering action on a wide range of issues. But, politics aside, there is actually substantial agreement among tax policymakers on how to improve the tax code. A new report from the Center for American Progress identifies common principles of good tax policy that leaders on the right and left support, as well as more than 20 specific bipartisan tax reform proposals worth more than $1 trillion over a decade. Using this report as a starting point, this event will convene tax and economic policy experts from diverse perspectives to discuss how to improve our tax code in a bipartisan manner.
The Center for American Progress cordially invites you to a discussion with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan on the costs of climate inaction and how current investments in climate can mitigate climate change and bolster the economy. This timely discussion will take place in anticipation of the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23 and in the wake of the Obama administration’s finding that ignoring climate change could cost the United States $150 billion per year.
For too many women, the challenge of making ends meet and caring for their families is a day-to-day struggle. Unfortunately, their challenges are not new. Despite progress, women too frequently continue to earn less than men, face penalties or stereotypes because of caregiving responsibilities, lack access to strong workplace policies that offer greater flexibility and paid leave options, and are shut out of leadership or advancement opportunities. What has changed over time is that more and more women are now breadwinners—nearly 6 out of 10 women are the primary, sole, or co-provider for their family. This means that the challenges facing women in the workplace and beyond have consequences, not only for them but also their families.
Despite these shifting economic realities, our public policies have been slow to change. Yet we know there are solutions—from paid leave to greater investments in child care, higher wages and stronger equal pay rules, protections against caregiving discrimination, flexible scheduling and workplace policies, and more—that can make a real difference.
Please join us for a discussion about the important action steps that are critical to ensuring we all move forward together to make real progress in achieving economic security for women, men, and working families across the nation.