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Federal Policy

A 'Housing First' Solution Could Actually Stimulate Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Recent weeks have brought devastating news for many of the shelters coping with a surge of homelessness in cities across the country: The federal funding they have relied on to house, feed, and care for some of the very neediest Americans is going away.

Experts: The White House Plan to Rate Colleges Has Major Issues

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 11.12.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

Though the rating system due out in the fall is widely viewed as a preliminary effort, onlookers worry its accountability provisions lack the data to evaluate schools accurately.

A High-Stakes Moment: Accreditation, the Federal Government and Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Judith Eaton | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Judith Eaton

We have reached a point where federal involvement in judging quality is decisive about the academic functions of colleges and universities. Government is telling accreditors what counts as quality and directly managing accreditation's operation too. Will this reauthorization bring a ministry of education into our midst?

Rebuilding a Political Economy of Hope

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

What most Americans seek and deserve is not unreasonable. They want a renewed social contract -- a national agreement and practice that rewards honest, hard work. I suggest an approach called the American Invest for Success Program.

Slain Children vs. Job Security

Daryl Rowland | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

Congressional representatives like to keep their jobs. Since the common wisdom is that to challenge the policies of the NRA is tantamount to asking to be fired, did we really expect them to voluntarily give up their jobs? Would we do so?

Climate Jobs? No Problem

William S. Becker | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Contrary to popular wisdom, our carbon glide path is not due mainly to less economic activity during the recession, or the slow recovery, or the rapidly increasing use of natural gas.

Loren Berlin

Report: Proposed Down Payment Rules Could Limit Minorities' Access to Affordable Homebuying | Loren Berlin | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Nearly three-quarters of African-American and Latino mortgage borrowers could be excluded from affordable homeownership if federal regulators approve ...

Climate: A "Plan B" for Team Obama

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Congress's failure to act on global climate change was one of the reasons the diplomatic atmosphere was so chilly last year in Copenhagen. Now, Congress has chilled the atmosphere again.

Federal Policy Under Obama

Scott Widmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Widmeyer

Democrats will work over the next few years to solidify their power. But, if there has been one constant in partisan control over the last two decades, it's been change.