Additional Focus

How Pop Culture Is Re-Evaluating Lyndon B. Johnson’s Legacy

Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on April 1, 2014

Now rivetingly played by Bryan Cranston on Broadway, the 36th president is being remembered for his political skills and domestic achievements, not just his escalation of the Vietnam War.

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Additional Focus

Jeff Madrick Joins TCF as a Senior Fellow

Blog Post by: The Century Foundation , on April 1, 2014

The Century Foundation is very pleased to welcome Jeff Madrick as a senior fellow. Madrick is the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, which will now be housed with TCF.

For more about Madrick and his work, read on.

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Education

Who Benefits from Universal Pre-K?

Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on March 31, 2014

As expected, finding funding for a citywide universal pre-K program, with enough full-day seats for all four-year-olds in NYC, is turning out to be the first big challenge for Bill de Blasio, New York City’s new mayor. Progress has been made, writes policy associate Halley Potter, but much more is needed to ensure quality of the programs.

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IPCC to World: Climate Change Is Here, and It’s Hurting

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on March 31, 2014

Climate change is causing measurable harm to natural and human systems. The world is already witnessing effects on “agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods.” TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya provides his analysis of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment.

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Education

#TCFBest: March 29, 2014

Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on March 30, 2014

After a brief hiatus (we know you missed us!), #TCFBest returns with an eclectic mix of policy issues from around the web. Tomorrow, March 30, Turkey will hold local elections, but many are instead expecting a battle royale between the two major parties. Mother Jones debunks the attempted debunking of poverty myths, which they initially debunked (read the article, it will make more sense), and Ms. Magazine opines for The Little Rock Nine: Redux.

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Education

Encouraging Integrated Schools

Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on March 28, 2014

Last week, a panel of education policy experts and researchers gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss school integration in the District. Currently, many of D.C.’s public schools are highly segregated by socioeconomics and race. Should we encourage more integrated schools in the District of Columbia through “controlled choice,” a student assignment strategy that balances families’ choices with socioeconomic diversity goals for each school?

The discussion was well-timed. The District of Columbia is currently reviewing and revising and its student assignment policies—the first such comprehensive review in over 30 years.

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Additional Focus

How We Talk About Climate Change and Security

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on March 28, 2014

On Thursday, the Environmental Justice Foundation published a new report, The Gathering Storm: Climate Change, Security and Conflict, providing an excellent overview of how climate change acts as a “force-multiplier.” Policy associate Neil Bhatiya analyzes its findings in this piece. 

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Workers & Economic Inequality

The Other Side of the Wage Debate

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on March 27, 2014

Don’t look now, but the minimum wage is quite the hot topic. Cities are moving to raise their wage floors, and states are introducing ballot initiatives. However, there are more ways to give workers better pay. Blogger Zachary Bernstein explains.

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Workers & Economic Inequality

NAFTA at 20: A Tug-of-War between Profit and Policy

Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on March 26, 2014

Marking the 20-year anniversary of the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, blogger Janet Wlody analyzes a Sierra Club report on NAFTA’s impact and legacy. 

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Foreign Policy

The Business of Climate Change

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on March 25, 2014

Beloved burrito chain, Chipotle, and tech empire, Apple, have been in the news in recent weeks for two different, but ultimately related, reasons. Blogger Zachary Bernstein discusses why climate change should be more important to big businesses. 

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