The Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, are one of the most significant shifts in American public education in decades. The standards aim to improve the quality of education by creating a set of academic expectations for the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in college and the 21st century workplace.
Tax reform appears stalled for now—a victim of the same political gridlock hindering action on a wide range of issues. But, politics aside, there is actually substantial agreement among tax policymakers on how to improve the tax code. A new report from the Center for American Progress identifies common principles of good tax policy that leaders on the right and left support, as well as more than 20 specific bipartisan tax reform proposals worth more than $1 trillion over a decade. Using this report as a starting point, this event will convene tax and economic policy experts from diverse perspectives to discuss how to improve our tax code in a bipartisan manner.
The Center for American Progress cordially invites you to a discussion with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan on the costs of climate inaction and how current investments in climate can mitigate climate change and bolster the economy. This timely discussion will take place in anticipation of the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23 and in the wake of the Obama administration’s finding that ignoring climate change could cost the United States $150 billion per year.
For too many women, the challenge of making ends meet and caring for their families is a day-to-day struggle. Unfortunately, their challenges are not new. Despite progress, women too frequently continue to earn less than men, face penalties or stereotypes because of caregiving responsibilities, lack access to strong workplace policies that offer greater flexibility and paid leave options, and are shut out of leadership or advancement opportunities. What has changed over time is that more and more women are now breadwinners—nearly 6 out of 10 women are the primary, sole, or co-provider for their family. This means that the challenges facing women in the workplace and beyond have consequences, not only for them but also their families.
Despite these shifting economic realities, our public policies have been slow to change. Yet we know there are solutions—from paid leave to greater investments in child care, higher wages and stronger equal pay rules, protections against caregiving discrimination, flexible scheduling and workplace policies, and more—that can make a real difference.
Please join us for a discussion about the important action steps that are critical to ensuring we all move forward together to make real progress in achieving economic security for women, men, and working families across the nation.
Countries have committed to lock in a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. The latest science demands that nations commit to ambitious actions to avoid more dangerous and costly floods, droughts, storms, and other climate change effects. As it stands, nations will achieve less than half of the carbon-pollution reductions needed by 2020 to prevent catastrophic climate change. Fortunately, through smart policies and existing technologies, countries can put the world on track to achieve low-carbon economic growth and safeguard the climate for future generations. On September 23, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a Climate Leaders Summit in New York City, at which he expects world leaders to announce “bold pledges” and “concrete action” to reduce emissions and lay the groundwork for an ambitious 2015 global climate agreement.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a discussion of what we should expect world leaders to deliver at the Climate Leaders Summit and beyond in order to lock in a strong 2015 global climate deal and drive low-carbon economic growth.
Major Internet issues such as privacy, open data, internet governance, and cybersecurity are fundamental to how each of us uses the Internet. The United States and Japan are two of the most high-tech economies in the world, and share a firm commitment to an open and robust Internet as a driver of broad prosperity and economic development. This event will provide an open forum for policymakers, business leaders, analysts, and journalists to highlight key issues for the Internet economy and how it can fuel shared economic growth in advance of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy to be held between the governments of Japan and the United States on September 16 and 17 in Washington, D.C.
Media coverage and popular opinion about the U.S.-Mexico border focuses on the sensational: illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violent crime, and most recently, the spate of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States. Little attention is paid publicly to what is arguably a far more significant set of trends: the strengthening of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship into one that is driving growth, job-creation, and human development on both sides of the border.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an event on the fight to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, and the effort to develop a capable and reliable partner in Syria to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime.
Seattle struck a giant blow against inequality this year when—after months of consensus building by business, labor, and community leaders —it put its minimum wage on course to hit $15 in 2019. This came only a few weeks after 41 Republicans in the U.S. Senate refused to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a figure below its real 1968 value. What can Seattle’s minimum-wage victory teach other cities and Washington, D.C., about inequality, job growth, and the middle class?
The Center for American Progress will host Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D), who will deliver keynote remarks on how Seattle passed its $15 minimum wage and how it can serve as a blueprint for other cities trying tackle inequality while kick starting job growth. A panel discussion of experts will follow, focusing on how local minimum-wage increases strengthen the middle class and local economies.
Please join the Center for American Progress as we launch India: 2020, a new initiative focused on elevating the foreign policy debates in South Asia by looking at short and long-term policy priorities and analyzing ways to realize the full potential of the relationship.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at this launch. His speech will discuss the importance of the U.S.-India bilateral relationship to U.S. foreign policy and the opportunities for a strengthened partnership with India in the coming years.
India is proving to be an emerging powerhouse regionally and globally after decades of impressive economic growth and military modernization and with a new government in New Delhi, it is clearly time to chart new and ambitious course for the U.S. – India partnership. By launching India: 2020, the Center for American Progress will set the stage to help India and the United States and work towards enhancing peace and economic prosperity across Asia and moving global governance institutions beyond their current structures into the 21st century.
The debate over the Washington football team’s racist name and mascot has reached a fevered pitch in recent months. But too much of the debate has missed the point. It is not just about a name, a logo, a business, or a matter of intent. Racist and derogatory team names have a real and harmful impact on American Indian and Alaska Native, or AIAN, people every day, particularly young people. The Center for American Progress release a new report examining the research about the harmful impact of these representations on the self-esteem of AIAN youth, how they create a hostile learning environments in K-12 and postsecondary schools, and the decades-long movement to retire them. It will also propose new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to transform learning environments that are hostile and unwelcoming to AIAN students and their families into ones that are supportive.
In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman lends a new perspective to the most controversial, volatile, and misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights. This new book traces the relatively benign beginnings of the Second Amendment, intended to calm public fear, through the radicalization of the National Rifle Association, or NRA, in the 1970s, when the group began to wage a fierce campaign to create a constitutional protection for gun ownership. Waldman follows developments in the Supreme Court to explain the modern context for the debate over guns, which has been characterized by intransigence at the state and federal levels in recent years.
A technological revolution is coming to transportation that will forever change both how we travel and how we pay for our travel. Nationwide, 117,000 active highway and public transportation projects and 700,000 workers rely on funding from the Highway Trust Fund. Yet, the U.S. Department of Transportation projects that the fund will run out of money in late July 2014. Since 2008, Congress has backfilled the fund with $54 billion in general tax revenues with another $170 billion needed in order to keep the fund solvent over the next 10 years. New vehicle technology platforms will allow states and the federal government to charge drivers for every mile they drive rather than how much fuel they consume. What does this new technology mean for privacy, roadway congestion, and safety? Will the federal government continue to play a central role in transportation infrastructure in the future?
The landmark Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. Just a year after the Civil Rights Act passed, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously remarked, “What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger?” Activists have always understood the movement to be about social and economic justice. Yet, despite great progress, people of color still face disproportionately high rates of economic disadvantage.
Our nation needs to do far more to improve both the fairness and the productivity of public school dollars. In other words, we need to make sure that schools and districts both get enough money to serve their population of students and then spend those dollars wisely.