Report Fifty years after Freedom Summer, the stretch of heavily black southern states that make up the “Black Belt” are still defined by racial polarization, with black voters often locked out of statewide politics. This report examines the demographic and political changes that are poised to shake up the status quo and defines three lessons from Freedom Summer that organizers can use to advance democracy in the Black Belt—including a massive wave of voter registration.
Joe Valenti, Director of Asset Building, testifies before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Report State education leaders face real barriers—legal and cultural—to building state education agencies that can meet today’s education reform goals. However, there is more they can do within the current policy environment if they are willing to break out of old habits and explore new approaches.
Report State education agencies that seek to combine resources when providing assistance to troubled schools often bump into federal restrictions on how grant dollars can be used.
Report States typically keep federal education funds in silos—separating staff into different offices for each federal fund. But as Texas illustrates, state education leaders can do much more to build collaborative agencies and meet comprehensive education reform goals.
Issue Brief Second-generation immigrants are the driving force behind the growth of the Latino electorate. As immigrants and their children make up a larger share of this electorate, immigration reform will become an even more pressing policy issue for the Latino electorate.
Report As Jordan wrestles with the effects of the Arab uprisings and the Syrian civil war, the United States should support the country’s political and economic reform.
Issue Brief Despite the financial obstacles, many women of color find starting their own businesses and becoming entrepreneurs advantageous over pursuing careers in traditional office workplaces. As the United States becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.
Issue Brief New York is making a significant state-level investment in expanded learning time, and districts and schools across the state are considerably lengthening the school day.
Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.
Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.
Issue Brief Research has given us a much better understanding of why austerity has been so harmful to economic recovery in the United States and European nations.
Issue Brief Rooftop solar is reaching a significant portion of middle-class homeowners in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, but more could be done to further expand access to middle- and low-income households.
Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.