Giving students access to highly effective teachers is a major key to improving their achievement, and finding ways to extend the reach of the nation’s best educators could be among the remedies to lagging student learning. Through innovative strategies using technology, staff restructuring, and a rethinking of how funds are allocated, the federal government could help link the most effective teachers with many more students.
The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.
A discussion with Nick Bromell, professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of U.S. Democracy. In his new book, Professor Nick Bromell brings to light an underappreciated stream of democratic thought by black writers and activists from David Walker to Malcolm X. […]
Government has a real opportunity to invest in innovation in the social sector. In tight fiscal times, all levels of government are seeking more innovative approaches to delivering better services and getting better outcomes. The field of social impact investing has emerged as a way to forge public-private partnerships in pursuit of shared social goals in areas like housing, clean energy, and—most recently—preventive social services. These new tools enable the resources of the private sector to partner with government to address some of our most pressing social problems.
Every morning Joshua DuBois sent his boss, President Barack Obama, a devotional email to provide encouragement, inspiration and wisdom. DuBois, then director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, became an informal spiritual advisor to the President through these daily devotionals. In remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last spring, Obama said that the devotionals “meant the world to me.”
Our second session in the new season of Progressivism on Tap will feature a discussion with New Republic Senior Editor Noam Scheiber, author of The Escape Artists, perhaps the best book on how the Obama administration dealt with the economic crisis. Scheiber has also written a series of very informative and astute articles for The […]
More and more voters are being subjected to attack ads that accuse judicial candidates of being “soft on crime.” The ads typically focus on a judge’s ruling in a case involving a heinous crime, and they suggest that voters are not safe with the judge on the bench. These ads create political pressure on judges to rule in favor of the state in criminal cases. A new Center for American Progress report concludes that the recent explosion in judicial campaign cash, which funds these attack ads, has led state supreme courts to rule more often against criminal defendants
Show Embed Code 2013 Progressive Party Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30-9:30 P.M. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 1301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20240 Purchase ticket through CAP Be an Individual Sponsor for the Progressive Party through CAP Be an Organization Sponsor for the Progressive Party through CAP Purchase ticket through CAP Action Be an […]
This year the Center for American Progress celebrates a decade of making a difference in the lives of Americans. We celebrate many achievements – from health care reform to ending the war in Iraq to development of a green economy. To commemorate our 10th anniversary, the Center will host a conference featuring high-level discussions of the critical issues of our time, with sessions on the gravest issues we face and bold ideas to tackle them.
Show Embed Code America’s demographic changes – its possibilities and its challenges – are the subject of a new nationwide public opinion poll that will be released by the Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink. One of the largest of its kind, the poll interviewed people in five […]
Please join the Center for American Progress, the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies for a discussion on the challenges of macroeconomic cooperation in a world of independent monetary and fiscal policies. In particular, the panel will elaborate on the ways in which to reform the international monetary system and economic governance in order to maintain sustained global economic growth and high levels of employment.
On November 6, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the first legislative prayer case that the Court has taken in more than three decades. Greece focuses on whether a small town in upstate New York acted unconstitutionally in allowing only Christian clergy to open official town meetings with sectarian prayer. The outcome of this case could have major implications for the future of religion in the public sphere in America.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will deliver a keynote address at the Center for American Progress on the Defense Department’s efforts to expand U.S.-India defense cooperation, including in defense trade. Under the direction of Secretary Hagel, Deputy Secretary Carter has led the Department of Defense’s efforts to expand and deepen the U.S.-Indian defense partnership. Having recently returned from a trip to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Deputy Secretary Carter will discuss U.S. priorities in South Asia and share Afghan, Pakistani, and Indian views on regional security as the United States draws down and transitions its military presence in Afghanistan. He will also provide context on the U.S.-Indian defense relationship following the September 27, 2014 meeting in Washington, D.C. between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama.
No child should face rejection from their families or be left without a safe place to call home. But all too often, these experiences are the reality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth across the United States. The staggering rates of homelessness among LGBT youth expose the failures of family support and social safety nets that are intended to protect these youth, with negative consequences for their health, safety, and educational and employment opportunities.
Several large urban school systems have initiated major reforms. There are important lessons to learn from their successes and challenges. Over the last 12 years New York City Public Schools has implemented an ambitious set of education initiatives, which the Center for American Progress is studying. Other major urban systems like Houston have also undertaken major changes. Their bold plans have yielded many successes and some shortcomings that provide takeaways for other urban districts.