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.
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth and narrated by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, Inequality for All explores how the widening income gap – currently at an historic high – affects Americans, our economy, and democracy itself. Told through expert interviews, personal accounts, and animated graphics, the film brings the abstract concept of income inequality to the masses, and demonstrates how inequality really does harm us all.
Show Embed Code Show Embed Code Show Embed Code Show Embed Code Show Embed Code The Center for American Progress, working with American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Service Employees International Union is launching a new women’s initiative focused on elevating public policy solutions and to demand action on […]
Providing teachers with effective professional-learning opportunities is imperative to ensuring students are prepared for new rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Many high-performing nations have turned to teacher scoring of formative assessments as a way to support and improve teacher learning. The act of scoring provides teachers with the chance to collaborate on defining a measure of ambitious student learning, which in turn gives teachers the tools to improve their own instruction.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a public event on the situation in Syria featuring United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Ambassador Power will discuss the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians, the international community’s long-standing opposition to the use of chemical weapons, and the need for a direct U.S. response to the Assad regime’s actions.
The Common Core State Standards provide a clear picture of what students across the country need to know and be able to do for a successful future. The start of the 2013-2014 school year marks a time when many states will begin measuring student performance using new, more rigorous assessments aligned to the Common Core standards. States anticipate a significant drop in student test scores as a result of implementing Common Core-aligned assessments. While the Common Core will receive heightened attention during the upcoming school year as it becomes more apparent that students are not yet prepared for success in the global economy, it is imperative to remember that the Common Core initiative presents an opportunity to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education.
An estimated 57,000 children will lose access to the Head Start program due to sequestration. These cuts mean that in many communities, children aren’t going back to Head Start this year, and many returning children will see reduced services and shorter programs. In addition, many parents will be unable to work if children can’t attend Head Start and teachers and staff will lose their jobs. These cuts highlight the need to refocus the fiscal debate to how to make strategic investments that will positively impact our nation’s long-term economic well-being. Because early childhood education has impacts that reach into adulthood, these investments yield a strong return on investment and are crucial to ensuring a competitive future workforce.
One year ago, on August 15 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive, an initiative announced by President Obama in June of last year, to grant a 2-year reprieve from deportation and work authorization to young unauthorized immigrants. In just under a year more than 500,000 people have applied, and over 400,000 people have been approved—a remarkable feat of mobilization among unauthorized immigrant communities, and for government officials at USCIS. DACA has profoundly changed the lives of those who have received the status, who now have the opportunity to live without fear of deportation, and use their skills and education to work legally.
An estimated three million children are currently exploited in India's sex trade. The vast majority of trafficked women and girls usually come from the poorest, most disadvantaged backgrounds in India: the Dalits, Adivasi and other low-caste communities. Every day in India, 200 women and girls enter prostitution, and 80% of them do so against their will as victims of trafficking.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with world-renowned peace advocate, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng. She will address the importance of ending trafficking and exploitation of women and children. She will highlight not only the challenges, but also the successful strategies that international organizations are currently utilizing in rescue, rehabilitation, and prevention of human trafficking.
Across the nation, many school systems are re-thinking the issue of school district size. In recent years, states such as Illinois and Pennsylvania have considered consolidating small school districts. Many argue that small school districts don't take advantage of economies of scale.
The Center for American Progress and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with ReadyNation, will host a bipartisan discussion on the current state of early childhood education. This event will bring together business, policy, and community leaders to draw attention to early childhood education and the importance of building a strong foundation for lifelong academic success.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a speech by Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg on American economic competitiveness highlighting the unprecedented challenges American exporters face from other countries. How the United States addresses these challenges will have complex consequences for American businesses and competitiveness in the future. Chairman Hochberg will outline how American companies can support and create jobs through exports in a changing global economic landscape.
For the last three years, our country’s political debate has centered around the federal budget and deficit reduction. But both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the debate have now shifted in very important ways: We have enacted significant deficit reduction and health care cost growth has slowed resulting in substantially improved medium- and long- term fiscal outlooks. Meanwhile, recent events, especially in Europe, have called the intellectual cases for austerity and immediate debt reduction into question.
Given these changes, is it time to reset the fiscal debate? How much emphasis should Washington place on debt reduction? How can we balance the need for economic growth with addressing remaining budgetary pressures? Is a "Grand Bargain" an impossible mirage or the best way forward? Please join the Center for American Progress and our distinguished panel of experts for a spirited discussion of these and other questions.
Gov. Maggie Hassan’s long career in public service has informed her belief that educational opportunities are critical to economic mobility and to creating an entrepreneurial and innovative economy, and that family-friendly policies are key to ensuring effective workforce participation and family economic security. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion with Hassan as part of our Women's Leadership Series, as she addresses the importance of a strong and growing middle class to innovation and economic growth. She will also reflect on her first months in office, offering her unique perspective as one of only five sitting female governors.