RELEASE: Reforming Teacher Evaluation: One District’s Story of Collaboration from the Perspective of All Stakeholders

Washington, D.C. — As school districts across the nation continue to confront the challenge of how best to evaluate the performance of educators, the Center for American Progress today released a pair of reports detailing one district’s efforts to develop and implement a new evaluation system in a cooperative manner with its teachers. In the...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Conathan on NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco’s Tenure

Washington, D.C. — As NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco announced today that she will step down from her position next February, the Center for American Progress released the following statement from Michael Conathan, Director of Ocean Policy: Jane Lubchenco's tenure as NOAA administrator has proven the value of having an ocean scientist at the helm of our...

RELEASE: Public Financing of Judicial Elections Can Help Limit Corporate Influence and Ensure Impartial Judicial Rulings

Washington, D.C. — Today the Center for American Progress released a new report, “Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role,” which recommends public financing as a new solution for limiting corporate influence in judicial elections. In 2012 a record $27.8 million was spent in state supreme court races—money from corporations,...

ADVISORY: Reforming Teacher Evaluation: One District’s Story of Collaboration from the Perspective of all Stakeholders

Washington D.C. – In the past few years, nearly all states have passed legislation that revises how teachers are evaluated. Reforms around teacher evaluation and, in particular, efforts to assess teachers on the basis of student achievement have sometimes resulted in confrontations between teachers and school districts. But confrontation and conflict are not the dominant...

RELEASE: Legal Violence in the Lives of Immigrants

How Immigration Enforcement Affects Families, Schools, and the Workplace Washington, D.C. — Today the Center for American Progress released “Legal Violence in the Lives of Immigrants: How Immigration Enforcement Affects Families, Schools, and Workplaces,” which draws upon more than 200 in-depth interviews conducted over 10 years to show the cumulative effects of immigration enforcement, fear...

RELEASE: Michigan’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Would Harm Middle Class, U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. — As protests in Lansing, Michigan, intensify in reaction to the likely prospect of Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) signing into law “right-to-work” legislation later this week, the Center for American Progress today released two analyses demonstrating the ways in which passing this measure will hurt the state’s already-struggling middle class. "Right-to-work" legislation will...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Light and Lefton on U.N. Climate Talks in Doha

Washington, D.C. — Today, as the final outcome was announced of the 18th Meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 18, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow and Director of International Climate Policy Andrew Light and Policy Analyst for International Climate Policy Rebecca Lefton released the following statements: Andrew Light,...

STATEMENT: CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg on Supreme Court Announcement to Review Constitutionality of DOMA, CA’s Proposition 8

Washington, D.C. — After a number of lower federal courts have ruled the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, unconstitutional in several different cases, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will consider a case that challenges the constitutionality of the law and review the lower federal court ruling which overturned California’s Proposition 8, with...

ADVISORY: Legal Violence: How Immigration Enforcement Affects Families, Schools, and Workplaces

Washington, D.C. – Please join the Center for American Progress on Tuesday, December 11, for the release of new report “Legal Violence in the Lives of Immigrants: How Immigration Enforcement Affects Families, Schools, and Workplaces,” and a discussion of ways in which increased immigration enforcement on the federal, state, and local levels affects documented and...

STATEMENT: CAP Economist Adam Hersh on November Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Today Center for American Progress Economist Adam Hersh had the following reaction to the announcement of November’s unemployment figures: Despite the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. economy showed remarkable resilience adding 146,000 jobs in November. The economy continues heading in the right direction, though still not fast enough. The biggest risk...

RELEASE: 7 Ways Looming Cuts to Public Lands and Oceans Will Affect All Americans

Washington, D.C. — As fiscal cliff deliberations intensify, the Center for American Progress today released “7 Ways that Looming Budget Cuts to Public Lands and Oceans Will Affect All Americans,” which examines seven key areas where proposed cuts to federal lands and ocean management agencies would undermine critical investments and fundamental services that Americans have...