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True South: Unleashing Democracy in the Black Belt 50 Years After Freedom Summer

Bond and MLK voting book_alt2 icon 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.

By Ben Jealous | Monday, June 16, 2014

Expanding Financial Access Through Mobile Banking

Joe ValentiJoe Valenti, Director of Asset Building, testifies before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

By Joe Valenti | Friday, June 13, 2014

Cutting Red Tape

red tape book_alt2 icon 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.

By Robert Hanna, Jeffrey Morrow, and Marci Rozen | Friday, June 13, 2014

Help Wanted

maze book_alt2 icon 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.

By Patrick J. Murphy | Friday, June 13, 2014

Seeing Beyond Silos

lockers book_alt2 icon 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.

By Robert Hanna | Friday, June 13, 2014

The Latino Electorate by Immigrant Generation

Immigration reform article icon 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.

By Patrick Oakford | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jordan in the Eye of the Storm

Jordanian with flag book_alt2 icon 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.

By Brian Katulis, Hardin Lang, and Mokhtar Awad | Thursday, June 12, 2014

How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

Mary Lindsey article icon 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.

By Farah Ahmad | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Clean Energy Investment in the United States

solar panel article icon Issue Brief Financial tools and foreign investment can inject additional capital into the clean energy market. Clean energy is at an apex of viability and affordability as financial institutions and governments seek to secure a lower-carbon future.

By Carol Browner, Danielle Baussan, Ben Bovarnick, Mari Hernandez, and Matt Kasper | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New York: Expanding Time, Increasing Opportunities for Achievement

New York City schoolchildren listen as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks article icon 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.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Monday, June 9, 2014

Apprenticeship Expansion in England

Marketing materials for Britain's article icon 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.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

How State Takeover School Districts Shake Up Teacher Professional Development

Norman Smith teaches language arts to students at a Louisiana Recovery School District high school in New Orleans article icon 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.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Thursday, June 5, 2014

What Have We Learned About Austerity Since the Great Recession?

Austerity article icon 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.

By Michael Madowitz | Friday, May 30, 2014

Rooftop Solar Adoption in Emerging Residential Markets

House with solar panels article icon 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.

By Mari Hernandez | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

Graduates pose for photographs article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

By Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014