In a new report from the Center for American Progress, researchers find that the collaboration of district leadership and teachers unions can be an important factor in improving student achievement. In some school districts, teachers unions and school administrators are working together closely to find ways to improve student performance, despite the sometimes challenging relationship between these two groups around education reform. These union-management partnerships can be an important part of rolling out important school improvements, and in many districts, have proven to be an effective way to enhance student learning and achievement.
Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, will speak on the current trade debate. He will lay out the principles that should underlie trade policies that would reduce inequality and support rising wages in the U.S. and worldwide, and will discuss why recent proposals for fast tracking the TransPacific Partnership (TTP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will likely contribute to worsening inequality and job loss.
In recent years, a wave of punitive state and local immigration laws went down to defeat in federal courts on the theory that, immigration policy being a national matter, they were preempted by federal law. Since 2012, there has been a proliferation of pro-immigrant state and local policies, such as measures limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials, and allowing immigrants, regardless of legal status, access to driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition, and professional licensing. Why did states and localities pass anti-immigrant laws in the first place, and what explains this shift to the positive? What are the legal theories and policy arguments being offered to support these efforts?
The Middle East uprisings and political transitions that began in 2011 have raised questions about political pluralism and support for religious freedom. Over the past several years in the region, some of the oldest Christian communities in the world have faced new challenges resulting from changes in the security, political, legal, and social environment. In places like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories, the conditions have motivated Christians to emigrate.
Please join The Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and the Center for American Progress for remarks and discussion by the Honorable Seiji Maehara. Seiji Maehara has been a member of the House of Representatives of Japan since 1993. He was the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan from 2005 to 2006 and later served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Minister of Land, Transportation and Infrastructure under the cabinets of Naoto Kan and Yukio Hatoyama. In his presentation, he will discuss Japan's relationship with Korea and China, U.S.-Japan security cooperation and Abenomics.
In less than one month, Afghans will go the polls to elect a new Afghan President. At the same time, the United States and the NATO- International Security Assistance Force continue to draw down their military presence in anticipation of the end of their current mission by December 31, 2014. The Center for American Progress will host Senator Casey to discuss the Afghan elections, the U.S. role leading up to the elections, and how the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship may evolve post-2014.
Please join us to hear Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan share his views on the future of housing finance in America, including multifamily finance and the future of affordable rental housing.
Five years after the financial crisis, we are still debating how and if to create a new system of housing finance reform to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While this debate often focuses on homeownership, reform also has significant importance for the future of rental housing. How best can we ensure access to financing for affordable rental in all geographies and through all business cycles?
Secretary Donovan's remarks will be followed by an expert panel that will discuss in more detail the current system of multifamily finance and the implications of legislative and regulatory proposals now being discussed.
Show Embed Code 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 […]
Please join the Center for American Progress for an event featuring Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Minister of National Defense of Colombia, Thursday, February 27, 2014. Before participating in the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, Minister Pinzón will join us to discuss the Colombian Armed Force's ongoing efforts against the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) and the future roles and missions of Colombia´s Armed Forces in a potential post-conflict scenario.
Given our nation’s demographic shifts, the America of the 21st century will not only look different than in years past, but the implications on race and ethnicity labels will inevitably shift from the traditional black-white paradigm. The federal government currently has five minimum categories for data on race and ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White. Additionally, there are two categories for data on ethnicity: “Hispanic or Latino,” and “Not Hispanic or Latino.” These categories carry considerable historical weight based on past patterns of racial discrimination, colonization, and immigration. As the mixed-race population grows, the concept of racial and ethnic identity is more fluid than ever.
How does the self-perception of certain demographic communities differ from how they are perceived by others? As the multiracial population grows, how can we create a space both in our communities and in our data collection surveys to make sure they are accurately represented? Will redefining race and ethnicity categories produce better data for informing public policy?
Please join us for an in-depth discussion on the meaning of race and ethnicity in a changing America.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, February 25, for a discussion marking the release of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes, a new book by AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin. In the book, Rubin argues that U.S. diplomacy with countries like Iran and North Korea and groups like the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hezbollah have significant risks. The discussion will feature Charles Kupchan, Georgetown University professor and Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow, and author of the 2012 book, How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace. In that book, Kupchan argues that diplomatic engagement with adversaries is essential for enhancing global stability and order.
How do we answer the age-old question of what happens when a rising power meets an established power? For centuries, this questions has hung over great power politics and posed a continual challenge to policymakers and international relations theorists alike.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on the values and priorities that drive the Obama Administration’s approach to trade policy. In his remarks, Ambassador Froman will address the economic impact of trade agreements, the trade negotiating process, as well as what America’s workers and the world stand to gain in the Administration’s fight to raise labor and environmental standards in trade agreements.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with Nancy Sutley on her final day as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. After five years as President Barack Obama's environmental policy advisor, Nancy will share her insights on the administration's record on climate change and conservation, the president's environmental agenda moving forward, and why the role of CEQ is more important than ever.
There is no bilateral relationship in the world more consequential than the one between the United States and China. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex, sensitive, and often very difficult to navigate.
In her new book Debating China, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Nina Hachigian pairs Chinese and American experts in a series of letter exchanges to illuminate this multidimensional relationship. These fascinating conversations—written by highly respected scholars and former officials from China and America—provide an invaluable dual perspective on crucial issues such as trade, human rights, territorial disputes, military dynamics, the media, climate change, development, and more. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see these key challenges.
Join us at the book launch for a conversation with a key architect and implementer of U.S.-China policy, White House Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros, to discuss a wide range of issues animating the U.S.-China relationship.
Copies of Debating China will be available for purchase at the event.