Five Key Features of Effective Schools

Blog Post by: Greg Anrig , on October 24, 2013

Greg Anrig, vice president of policy at TCF, is well-versed in the "recipe for effective schools," as detailed in The Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet." Anrig reviews a book by David Kirp, a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, titled Uncommon Scholars, as critiqued by Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution. Scholars focuses on school districts in Union City, New Jersey.


Additional Focus

Good News From Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme

Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on October 24, 2013

Critics of emissions trading point toward the potential negative effects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on private enterprise. However, power plants were able to pass on the input costs of fuel-switching to consumers, thereby increasing firms’ revenue. 


Foreign Policy

From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy

Blog Post by: Morton Abramowitz , on October 24, 2013

A new report co-chaired by senior fellow Morton Abramowitz, "From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy," frames the evolution of the U.S.-Turkey relationship since the Cold War. This report is a product of Bipartisan Policy Center’s Foreign Policy Project


Workers & Economic Inequality

Minimum Wage for Equality

Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on October 24, 2013

Americans may not have a firm grasp on current minimum wage issues, but they do have an idea of where things should be when it comes to fair pay and living wages. If Americans are able to reconcile their goals with the present state of affairs, their ideals could be turned into reality.



State Spending Cuts Weaken Public Schools

Blog Post by: Kyle Bella , on October 23, 2013

To see how spending cuts directly affect education in the United States, one need not look further than Philadelphia.

In September 2013, Philadelphia public schools opened with 3,859 fewer staff members than the previous year after the Republican-dominated legislature and Governor Tom Corbett cut $961 million from public education.

Unfortunately, Philadelphia is not alone.


Foreign Policy

Fresh Hope for Change in Cuba

Blog Post by: Stephen Schlesinger, The Century Foundation , on October 23, 2013

In Huffington Post, Stephen Schlesinger chronicles the work of Yoani Sanchez, a 38-year-old Cuban blogger who recently received Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Award for reporting on conditions in Cuba.


Foreign Policy

Can U.S. Compete in Cyprus Peace Talks?

Blog Post by: Allison Good , on October 23, 2013

Washington may want Turkey and Cyprus to make nice, but whether that desire can actually influence peace talks is an entirely different matter. The two countries have been in conflict for years, so it's not clear what effects the U.S. can have on November's attempts at resolution.



George Washington University Isn’t Need-Blind

Blog Post by: Halley Potter , on October 22, 2013

GW lied about need-blind admissions. What else are colleges lying about? If we want to expand college access for low-income students, we need to overhaul admissions at selective colleges. Policy associate Halley Potter has more. 


Foreign Policy

A Champion of Peace

Blog Post by: Janet Wlody , on October 22, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the sixteen-year-old champion for girls’ education and recent Nobel Peace Prize nominee, published her memoir last week, much to the adoration of the Western media.

Last October, Malala was the victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Targeted originally for her blog posts on the militants’ crippling impact on schools, Malala--who has advocated publicly for education since 2009--is celebrated as a symbol “for the universal possibility of a little girl.”


Workers & Economic Inequality

Who Elected the Tyrants?

Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy, Neil Bhatiya , on October 21, 2013

Representatives who voted against H.R. 2775

Last week, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, allowing thousands of government employees to return to work and avoiding a potentially catastrophic default on the national debt. But not everyone was on board. Fellow Dan Alpert discusess in a post for Business Insider entitled "The Tyranny of the Minority." Policy associates Benjamin Landy and Neil Bhatiya put the data into context. 


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