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ADVISORY: The Promise of Proficiency

Given the demands of a 21st century workforce, educators and policymakers agree that the purpose of high school has shifted from graduating students to ensuring that students are poised for success in college and career. To drive toward this goal, every American high school must be able to systematically understand the extent to which its...

Statement on Obama’s Upcoming Decision on Afghanistan

The Obama administration will soon release its much anticipated strategy on Afghanistan. Congress must subject this plan to comprehensive oversight and scrutiny in order to ensure the United States has a clear and comprehensive plan for advancing stability in Afghanistan and the broader region. Before it approves any additional funding for the war, Congress should...

RELEASE: The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Is Vital

By Colin Cookman, Brian Katulis | November 24, 2009 Read full column here. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits Washington this week for a four-day state visit to discuss a range of issues crucial to the developing strategic partnership between the United States and India. The U.S.-India partnership is critical to President Barack Obama’s national...

RELEASE: Economic Snapshot for November 2009

By Christian E. Weller Download the snapshot with full graphs (pdf) Lingering weakness in the labor market is threatening the fledgling economic recovery. Millions of jobs have been lost and unemployment has risen to the highest level in almost three decades. The labor market weakness will make it harder for families to repay their high...

RELEASE: A Job Saved Is as Good as a Job Created

By Heather Boushey The debate over how effective the Obama administration’s efforts have been at turning the economy around now seems to hinge on the question of whether saving a job is as good as creating one. The answer is clearly yes. The worker who does not get laid off may or may not know...

NEW REPORT: The True Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality in D.C.

Listen to the call  Read the report (pdf) WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today the Center for American Progress held a press call to release its new report, Time to Stop the Lies: Countering Bishop Harry Jackson's Gay Marriage Distortions. The call featured the author of the report, Jeff Krehely, Director of CAP's LGBT Research and Communications Project,...

MEMO: Breaking Down the Deficit

By Michael Linden View the graph Download the full memo (pdf) The fiscal year ended on October 1, and we can say with certainty that 2009’s budget deficit was the largest since World War II, approaching one-tenth the size of the entire U.S. economy. Since we have now the benefit of specific data from the...

ADVISORY: Discussing “Interesting Times” with New Yorker writer George Packer

As a writer for The New Yorker magazine, George Packer has captured the big ideas and events of the past decade spanning the September 11 attacks to the election of Barack Obama through the voices of individuals around the world. Packer's new book, Interesting Times , unites investigative pieces with personal essays and detailed narratives...

RELEASE: Stupak Amendment Changes Abortion Status Quo

November 16, 2009 By Jessica Arons Download this memo (pdf) Opponents and supporters of abortion rights agreed early on, in theory, to maintain the “status quo” with “abortion neutral” health care legislation. The idea was that health care reform is not the appropriate place to continue the fight over abortion and neither side should attempt...

Public Opinion Snapshot: Public Resisting Conservative Slanders on Health Care Reform

November 16, 2009 Read full article, and view public opinion charts, here. Conservatives are putting up a last ditch effort to stop health care reform. They’re doing their level best to scare the public, telling them that passing health care reform will take the country down the road to socialism and ruin the economy, among...

STATEMENT: Andrew Light and Julian L. Wong on U.S.-China Joint Statement on Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment

"We are excited about the announcements this morning in Beijing of a comprehensive plan for U.S.-China cooperation on clean energy and climate change. The overall plan is much more ambitious than we had anticipated and contains directives to create various institutions and programs addressing a wide array of cooperation on clean-energy technologies and capacity building,...

ADVISORY: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 10:00am – 11:30am WASHINGTON, D.C. - We are living in a pivotal moment: pivotal for the earth's climate, for other natural systems, and for world population. The decisions made today, especially by policymakers and by the world's estimated 3 billion people under the age of 25, will determine whether human numbers...

ADVISORY: Union and District Partnerships to Expand Learning Time

Many schools across the country have expanded their school day and/or year and redesigned their schedule, resulting in remarkable gains in student achievement. While the advantages for students are obvious, the impact on teachers and union partnerships must also be examined. The Obama administration is calling for more schools to rethink the school day and...