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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

May 2014

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders in the White House article icon Issue Brief Despite a broken Congress, the president can still push progressive policies to help strengthen the middle class.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Rise of Networks

School buses book_alt2 icon Report Networks are improving relationships between central offices and schools. This report looks at the rise of networks in New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois.

By Maureen Kelleher | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Protecting Consumers Five Years After Credit Card Reform

A Visa credit card article icon Issue Brief On the fifth anniversary of the Credit CARD Act, policymakers need to consider how to best address the new regulatory gaps in debit cards and give consumers new tools to manage their credit.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, May 22, 2014