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Michael Laracy

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Internships: Gateway to Opportunity or an Obstacle for Low-Income Students?

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 6:46 PM

Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, along with research assistant Kathryn Edwards, contributed the following commentary to Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a nonpartisan initiative to promote dialogue and action to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. They argue that unpaid internships often create...

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Is Higher Education Living Up to Its Promise of Opportunity for Low-Income Students?

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:42 PM

Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, contributed the following commentary on the correlation between postsecondary education and poverty reduction to Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a nonpartisan initiative to promote dialogue and action to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. She notes that while...

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Strengthening Our Schools: A Legislative Framework to Remove Poverty-Related Barriers to Learning

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 5:21 PM

Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) discusses the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and how it should address the relationship between poverty and education. This piece originally appeared on Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, a nonpartisan initiative to promote dialogue and action to reduce poverty and...

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Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 11:26 AM

My colleague Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, penned the following piece. -- Mike

You don't need to be a "West Wing" fan to recognize the political verite in an episode that included a discussion about the nation's poverty measure. On the show, White...

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Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 3:28 PM

Last week Robert J. Samuelson wrote an ill-conceived column in The Washington Post, which among other things said the Obama administration's development of a new poverty measurement was part of a "political agenda" designed to increase the number of people in this country who are counted as poor.

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The Role of Race, Poverty and Equal Opportunity in Education Reform

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Eric J. Cooper, president of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, recently contributed this commentary for Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. Cooper argues that as the nation transitions from a majority-white to a majority-minority nation, the challenges of racism, poverty, and inequality can have dire affects on America's...

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Social Innovation for Low-Income Communities: Turning Risk Into Reward

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 11:02 AM

Stephen Goldsmith, former mayor of Indianapolis, chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service under presidents Bush and Obama, and Daniel Paul Professor of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, contributed the following commentary to Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. Goldsmith, who just released a new book, The...

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The President's 2011 Budget Priorities: Cut Poverty and Promote Opportunity

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2010 | 8:52 AM

There are winners and losers in every budget, and President Obama's proposed federal 2011 budget, released this month, is no exception. What's most remarkable, however, about the president's proposal is that low-income kids and families stand out as a clear priority. Wherever you look in his budget document, you...

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Ending Poverty through Education

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 3:05 PM

Washington, DC Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee just penned the following commentary, which originally appeared at Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. Rhee argues that education can be the solution to poverty, and that recent successes show - that if we're committed enough - we can create real opportunities for...

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Most States Have Yet to Claim Emergency TANF Funds

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 2:30 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new data showing that a majority of states have yet to tap into the Emergency Fund set up through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Emergency Fund is intended to provide additional support to states so that they...

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New Poll Shows Americans Hurting from Recession and Want More Government Action

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Despite increasing signs that the economic downturn is ending, a new poll from the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) finds that 27 percent of Americans have had trouble making ends meet and paying for basic necessities, such as their mortgage, rent and heating bills. The poll underscores the far-reaching effects...

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Counting What Counts: Accurate Data Leads to Effective Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 2:30 PM

It's hard to get the best results from any kind of work without the right tools. So why are policymakers and administrators in a world of diminishing resources using antiquated tools to decide which programs will do the most to help children and families survive the poverty of these hard...

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Kids and Families and the First 100 Days

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 10:13 AM

During his first 100 days in office, President Barack Obama and Congress have taken critically important steps to improve the lives of America's disadvantaged children and families who are too often overlooked. Through tax policy, healthcare expansions, stimulus spending, improvements to unemployment insurance, and new funding for pre-school, child care...

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First Lady Hammers Home Support for Struggling Youth

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2009 | 1:46 PM

Michelle Obama arrived today at the National Mall ready to assist more than 100 low-income youth from across the country and several members of Congress in constructing a "green" house for a struggling Texas family.

The event marked the 30th anniversary of YouthBuild U.S.A., a national organization...

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Stimulus Highlights Include Provisions for Poor

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 11:03 AM

The federal government is about to commit almost a trillion dollars to a stimulus package, and antipoverty advocates have wondered whether the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will include aid to those who are poor.

While the legislation is far from final, highlights of the bill released from the

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