ADVISORY: School Finance Reform – Impacts on Equity and Lessons from Rhode Island

August 3, 2011, 12:00pm – 1:30pm Streaming Video Watch the event live. About This Event School finance reform is a critical component of broader education reform. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized the importance of school finance by creating a new commission on Equity and Excellence, charged with making recommendations for restructuring school finance...

RELEASE: Big Oil Pumps Up Profits with Taxpayer Subsidies as Deficit Mounts

View data comparing Big Oil profits to prices for oil and gasoline (.xls) Washington, D.C. — This week, while the debt ceiling fight remains unresolved and conservatives in Congress ask for more spending cuts without closing tax loopholes, the five Big Oil companies—ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and Shell—posted massive second-quarter profits thanks in no small...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Weiss on President Obama’s Fuel Economy Proposal

Washington, D.C.—Today, Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s fuel economy proposal: President Obama’s fuel economy proposal will provide welcome relief for families suffering from high gasoline prices. It would save them thousands of dollars in fewer fuel purchases...

RELEASE: Top Ten Facts Why the Debt Ceiling Must be Raised

Washington, D.C.—This week, Congress continued deliberations to raise the federal debt ceiling before time runs out on August 2. Lawmakers cannot let extremists on the right ruin our nation's credit rating, gut our government, and harm working Americans and their families.  Michael Linden and Sarah Ayres present the top ten reasons the debt ceiling has...

RELEASE: State Education Agencies as Agents of Change

Read the report Washington, D.C.—Today the Center for American Progress and Frederick M. Hess and Daniel Lautzenheiser of the American Enterprise Institute released a joint report titled “State Education Agencies as Agents of Change,” which found that despite being responsible for administering state and federal aid and charged with driving state level reforms, state education...

Available for Comment: Christian E. Weller on Pew Wealth Gap Study

Washington, D.C.—CAP Senior Fellow Christian E. Weller is available today to provide comment and analysis on a new report from the Pew Research Center that analyzes new Census data and shows that the wealth gap between whites and minorities, in particular Hispanics and African Americans, has greatly widened in the last few years. Dr. Weller...

RELEASE: The HALT Act Irresponsibly Attacks President’s Immigration Authority

Read the full column here. Washington, D.C.—As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) prepares to hold a hearing this afternoon with his Senate colleague Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on their most recent anti-immigrant bill, the Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation Act, or HALT Act, CAP’s Marshall Fitz writes about the dire...

RELEASE: The Black and White Labor Gap in America

Read the issue brief here. Washington, D.C. — One of the topics likely to be tackled this week during the NAACP Annual Conference in Los Angeles is the persistently high unemployment rates among African Americans. As a new issue brief released today by the Center for American Progress explains, although all Americans saw significant job...