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Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

electric car book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages

A worker hands a food order over to a customer as demonstrators march through a Burger King restaurant drive-thru book_alt2 icon Report This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite progress, more must be done to address economic security as a civil right for the young people of color who are driving America’s demographic change.

By Maryam Adamu | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Encouraging Responsible Credit for Financially Vulnerable Consumers

Cash Advance book_alt2 icon Report Through stronger laws and enforcement, as well as the encouragement of better alternatives, policymakers can reduce debt traps in short-term lending.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Concept and Potential of Adaptation Markets

A staff member works on an experimental green roof at the University of Vermont article icon Issue Brief The idea of adaptation markets is relatively new and unfamiliar, but they could be valuable tools to build resilience to the effects of climate change.

By Gwynne Taraska | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Parallel Lives, Different Outcomes

Ivan Silverberg teaches his American Studies class. article icon Issue Brief Some school districts are more productive than others, but district leaders might have little control over spending their funds in ways that can improve outcomes.

By Robert Hanna and Bo Morris III | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

America’s Most Financially Disadvantaged School Districts and How They Got that Way

child school bus book_alt2 icon Report We need to address inequity in state aid to school districts in order to help fiscally disadvantaged districts reach a level playing field.​

By Bruce D. Baker | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Return on Educational Investment: 2014

Pencils rest on a dollar bill book_alt2 icon Report A look at school district bang for the buck.

By Ulrich Boser | Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Social Security Disability Insurance

mother wheelchair article icon Issue Brief Social Security Disability Insurance has been a core pillar of our nation’s Social Security system for nearly six decades, offering critical protection when Americans need it most.

By Rebecca Vallas and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate Reform

S&ED article icon Issue Brief Chinese leaders are unleashing a wave of new policies that fast track energy and emission reforms in select urban areas while laying the foundation for a more gradual shift nationwide.

By Melanie Hart | Monday, July 7, 2014

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

People pray in front of the Supreme Court. book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

By Donna Barry, Sandhya Bathija, Laura E. Durso, Joshua Field, Carmel Martin, and Sally Steenland | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What the President Can Do on Immigration If Congress Fails to Act

President Barack Obama meets with individuals fasting for immigration reform book_alt2 icon Report The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.

By Marshall Fitz | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Changing Role of the Principal

Principal book_alt2 icon Report A series of case studies sheds light on the changing landscape of school leadership and principal professional development.

By Lee Alvoid and Watt Lesley Black Jr. | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel

Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on "How to Harness a Game-Changing Resource for Export, Domestic Consumption, and Transportation Fuel."

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 30, 2014

Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools

Fourth grade teacher Chevonne Dixon teaches class book_alt2 icon Report Through targeted reform efforts, states, districts, and school leaders—as well as policymakers and communities of color—can improve the retention rates and effectiveness of teachers of color.

By Glenda L. Partee | Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Promise of Education Information Systems

A person types on a keyboard book_alt2 icon Report By embracing big data and management technology, K-12 schools can raise student achievement and reduce costs.

By Nathan Levenson and Ulrich Boser | Thursday, June 26, 2014