The Obama administration’s Race to the Top competitive grant program triggered an unprecedented wave of state teacher evaluation reform across the country. Most of the scholarly analysis of this activity to date has focused on the design of the evaluation instruments, or the implementation of the new evaluations by districts and schools. However, little research has explored how states are managing and supporting the implementation of these reforms. As US Education Secretary Arne Duncan has remarked: “because teacher evaluation systems are still a work in progress, it is vital that school leaders and administrators continue to solicit feedback, learn from their mistakes, and make improvements.” It has become increasingly clear that the role of state education agencies will be critical as school districts enter what (for most) will be uncharted territory.
In the face of a more ideologically-divided Supreme Court than the nation has seen in generations, and with more judicial vacancies today than in early 2009, the outcome of the 2012 election will have significant ramifications on the composition of our nation’s courts – and therefore on the lives of millions of Americans. We know from recent cases that no matter the issue – health care, immigration, voting rights, affirmative action – the courts play a significant and lasting role in American life.
Please join us for a day-after analysis of the elections with Michael Tomasky, editor of Democracy Journal and special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast. What happened in the 2012 elections? Which issues mattered most to voters? How did voting vary by demographic groups and in key battleground states? What do the results mean for progressives going forward? How will the progressive agenda be affected?
Please join CAP’s FIRE Initiative and Progress 2050 in our second installment of the Women of Color Policy Series for a riveting discussion on the politicization, power, and pipeline to leadership of women of color.
Join Progressivism on Tap for our pre-election special with two very knowledgeable progressive analysts: American Prospect blogger Jamelle Bouie and Center for American Progress Action Fund President Tom Perriello. How close is each side to attaining the 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected President? What have been the strengths and weaknesses of each campaign so far and how are they organizing their final push for votes? How good are the Romney and Obama ground games and how much will that matter to the outcome? We will discuss these and other questions at this session as we attempt to dig down deep beneath the surface of this year's election to clarify campaign dynamics and what's really at stake in the election.
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This event examines recent calls for municipalities to use eminent domain to restructure local mortgages. Please join us for what’s sure to be a spirited conversation.
The Affordable Care Act was the most far-reaching effort to date to reduce health care costs while improving quality and expanding access—the so-called “triple aim.” Yet the effect of health care costs on state and federal budgets remains a concern. Many recent proposals would simply shift federal spending to individuals, businesses, and states—which would fail to solve the problem without rationing care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
The relationship with India continues to be of critical strategic and economic importance to the United States. With the Administration’s rebalance toward Asia, there may be no more important partner for the U.S. than India, as both countries aim to counter common threats and build upon their shared values. One of the foremost advocates for strengthening the U.S. – India partnership has been Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. Please join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with the Deputy Secretary.
Please join us for a conversation about how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is working on critical issues facing the industry.
Join us for a fascinating discussion about how progressives can develop and articulate a long-term vision of democratic, economic, and ecological renewal with authors Bill Ivey and Joe Romm. Ivey's new book, Handmaking America, examines how right-wing ideology and postindustrial capitalism have undermined work, government, and our very way of life, while advancing a practical vision for a good society that can use the capacity of government to recover the essential American idea. Romm's book, Language Intelligence, examines how the best communicators, from Jesus to Abraham Lincoln, have employed a few simple rules to educate, persuade, and lead people toward a better vision of society and human life.
A new report by the Center for American Progress and The Center for the Next Generation, called “Regional Energy, National Solutions: A Real Energy Vision for America,” examines non-fossil-fuel-based economic development strategies in six major regions of the country. These solutions highlight the current success and future potential of the clean energy economy, especially when these strategies are tailored to the specific needs and strengths of each region. America deserves better than the "one size fits all, drill everywhere and now" strategy, put forth by the American Petroleum Institute, that is designed to pad the pockets of the industries of yesterday. Our vision shows the way.
The American method of choosing a president, indirect election through the Electoral College, is unique among systems of government in which the president possesses genuine political power. Reaching 270 votes in the Electoral College is necessary to become president, not which candidate wins the most votes of the American people. It is just 12 years since the Electoral College and popular vote returned different results, and on at least two other occasions the candidate who received the plurality of the votes was not elected president. These outcomes have prompted many across the country to question the utility of the Electoral College and led to calls for reform.
During the last four years, the Obama administration and international partners have used both diplomatic engagement and U.N. sanctions to press the Iranian government to address the international community’s concerns over its potential nuclear weapons program. In pursuance of this goal, President Obama has made consultation with Israel at every level a key component of his foreign policy agenda. Please join the Center for American Progress on October 12 for an in-depth discussion with American and Israeli national security analysts on how the United States and Israel are meeting the Iranian challenge.
We know from recent court cases on abortion restrictions, challenges to birth control coverage and family planning funding, and workplace discrimination that judges remain critical to protecting women’s rights. On no issue is the impact of the courts more salient than women’s rights, health, and equality. But while the rights under attack most immediately affect women the legal ramifications of the “War on Women” are far broader. Upcoming court decisions could have potentially devastating and precedent setting long-term effects on many issues progressives care about.
Show Embed Code In November 2011 the Center for American Progress released Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin’s influential report, “The Path to 270.” That report argued that two large forces will ultimately determine the outcome of the 2012 election: the shifting demographic balance of the American electorate and the objective reality and voter perception [...]