Drug and medical device manufacturers often profit enormously from marketing new, high-priced products that are marginally or no better than existing products. In our current health care system, physicians, payers, and patients must often choose between treatment A and treatment B without knowing which treatment works best or whether the higher-priced treatment provides added benefit.
In an ever-evolving public education landscape, educators, parents, members of the school community, and local leaders must work together to redefine the purpose of education and what it means for students to succeed. And within that landscape, teachers unions are working to ensure their members are at the forefront of education reform by giving members opportunities to develop new, better ways of improving the profession and public education. Evidence suggests that education reform initiatives are more likely to succeed when teachers have a voice at the table. But as teachers unions have faced serious criticism from external audiences, the internal transformation of the unions has been less apparent. Teachers unions are responding to the changes in the education landscape through a variety of efforts and working with other stakeholders to improve teaching and learning.
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Increasingly, families across the country are navigating a myriad of caregiving challenges every day. All Americans will need care at some point in their lives and there are currently 41.6 million caregivers across the US, almost half of whom provide complex chronic care. The Center for American Progress is hosting an event to examine the breadth of caregiving challenges facing many different communities – from families with aging relatives, to people with disabilities, to military families, to individuals dealing with their own illnesses, and more. The discussion will highlight the diverse needs of families and explore what steps we can take – now and in the future – to find responsive solutions that work for all families.
Over the past decade, Turkey’s foreign policy has evolved within a unique space between Europe and the Middle East, having dramatically expanded its reach throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. In light of current conflicts in the region and within its own borders, understanding Turkey’s changing role in the region is critical to U.S. foreign policy.
Please join the Center for American Progress for this event, which will explore competency-based education as a driver of innovation with higher education. Under Secretaryof Education Martha Kanter will speak about competency-based education as part of President Barack Obama’s plan to make postsecondary education more affordable and a better bargain for the middle class. A panel will discuss emerging approaches to reform that show promise for encouraging program completion, reducing cost, and improving quality.
In states and court rooms across the country, conservative extremists have launched a new effort that threatens to undermine hard-fought civil and human rights victories for LGBT people, women, and others. Under the guise of religious liberty, conservatives are organizing to impose their theological doctrines on others while carving out broad exemptions from a wide variety of laws with which they disagree. Through law suits, grass roots organizing, messaging tactics and more, conservatives are attempting to roll back the progressive clock, all while claiming that they are being victimized for their beliefs.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) for a discussion on tax incentives for retirement savings. This event will address the ways that the tax code greatly encourages retirement savings by high-income earners but has fewer incentives for middle-class savers, and will discuss savings policy changes that have the potential to build retirement security for a greater number of Americans.
Please join the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, December 4 for remarks delivered by President Barack Obama. The President’s comments will focus on his plan to grow the economy and the middle class. This event is full and closed to new RSVPs. Please view the live stream above.
On the eve of her upcoming trip to China, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will appear at the Center for American Progress to discuss the importance of U.S.-China cooperation on the environment and climate pollution. Administrator McCarthy will also highlight recent progress on the president’s Climate Action Plan and steps the United States is taking to reduce carbon pollution and drive sustainable U.S. economic growth.
The Department of Homeland Security detains, on average, 34,000 people each day in immigration detention facilities. These facilities are treacherous environments for LGBT immigrants who are vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Reports of abuse from attorneys and complaints against Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed through Freedom of Information Act requests paint a picture of the dangers LGBT immigrants face in ICE custody. In response to these problems, ICE has taken numerous steps to address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of LGBT immigrants, but more reforms are needed.
Show Embed Code Widespread discriminatory and unethical lending was a major contributor to the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the subsequent loss of more than four million homes to foreclosure. In this forum, our panelists will explore the current state of housing discrimination, segregation, and integration in the United States. Topics to […]
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.
Over the last 30 years, economic inequality in the United States has returned to levels last seen in the 1920s. Today, the United States is in the top quarter of the world’s most unequal countries. Economic mobility—a child’s likelihood to occupy a different position on the income ladder than their parents did—has fallen well behind Canada, Britain, and other advanced economies. Inequality has worsened over the course of the economic recovery, with economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty finding that the top 1 percent of earners took home 95 percent of all income gains since the recession ended in 2009.
Economists have documented these changes extensively, but we need to know more about the effects, if any, of rising economic inequality on America’s overall economic growth. If, as some research suggests, worsening inequality erodes our economy's ability to function efficiently and at full potential, we are faced with a second question: What are the best ways to promote more equitable economic growth?
Show Embed Code Millions of Americans struggle with their finances—and financial insecurity can in turn make it more difficult to get and keep a job. What role can employers play to help their workers better manage their money and plan for the future? Please join the discussion hosted by the Center for American Progress […]
All too often, issues of gender disparity and LGBT inequality are discussed separately from one another, as if they are mutually exclusive. Yet research suggests that the gender bias that thwarts women’s progress also underlies discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. At the final event in the fall Progressivism on Tap series, we […]