Public education in America is poised to take great steps forward in readying the next generation for success in higher education and the workforce through widespread adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The vast majority of students across the country will soon be held to the highest set of English language arts and math expectations in U.S. history. To meet this sharp rise in expectations for teaching and learning, educators and students can benefit from having additional time to process, understand, and become proficient in the new, more rigorous standards and curricula, as well as the new assessments that will come with them.
From financial system collapses to coal mining disasters, the evidence is clear how special interests create substantial social costs by skewing the public regulatory process for their own profit. This outcome is not inevitable, however. Rather, new research from leading scholars highlights how smart policies and governance practices can prevent the power of narrow interests from capturing regulatory processes to improve market outcomes and the public good.
The World Bank estimates that by 2015, one-half of the world’s poorest people will be living in fragile and conflict-affected states. As the world begins to formulate the post-2015 global development agenda – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals – dealing with the interlinkages between extreme poverty and conflict has become more pressing than ever. President Obama and the United States Agency for International Development have committed themselves to ending extreme poverty in this generation, but the role of peace within the post-2015 agenda remains complex and sometimes controversial.
As the House of Representatives gears up to debate immigration legislation, how can the U.S. maximize the economic benefits from reform? Economists and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office have illustrated the big economic boost that comes with immigration reform. But as Congress debates what the path from legal status to citizenship should look like for the 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country, this event will consider the economic ramifications of different policy proposals.
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 […]