Last week, the MacArthur Foundation awarded TCF fellow Harold Pollack the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, along with his University of Chicago partner Jens Ludwig. This award is given out annually. Pollack and company received $1 million from the Foundation to pursue their interests, likely in Chicago’s gun crime.
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This year, about 3 million students will graduate from high school. Of the 2 million who go on to attend college, more than 1.5 million will take the SAT. But is the SAT really as important to college success as it used to be? Benjamin Landy discusses.
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A Florida man by the name of Michael Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted murder with a mistrial on a first-degree murder charge at the end of his highly controversial trial. His crime? Using Stand Your Ground to fire at a group of unarmed African American teenagers who were playing their music too loud. Janet Wlody discusses why Stand Your Ground is about more than just guns.
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TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist at the Washington Post, was awarded the George Polk Award for national security reporting this week for his coverage of documents released by Edward Snowden. Joining Gellman is Glenn Greenwald, formerly of the Guardian, now at The Intercept. Also recognized are several Post and Guardian reporters.
Read more about Gellman’s honors and NSA reporting at the Washington Post.
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Benjamin Landy, on January 30, 2014
President Obama's progressive, populist outrage about inequality and decreasing mobility was missing Tuesday night when Obama stood before Congress to deliver the State of the Union address. [...] Read More
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Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), [...]