Policy Archives

The Brewster-Douglas Housing Projects were built by the city of Detroit between 1935 and 1955 and were intended for the “working poor.” In the 1960s and 1970s, crime in the projects became prevalent and they fell into disrepair. (via Juan N Only, CC 2.0) There’s very little new in American politics, and that’s especially true Read More

Here’s Jam-Rock with the topline: Together with one of the most hard-nosed campaigns in recent memory, Obama managed to bounce back from the nadir of 2011 to one of the broadest re-election victories in recent memory. At this point, news networks have called New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, and Ohio for President Obama. Read More

Guild Wars 2 Leveling SOURCE: Flickr/Illinois Springfield Cross-posted from Campus Progress By now, just about everyone knows how far reaching the impact of student debt is. A recent report from Pew found that it now affects 1 in 5 households, but what doesn’t get as reported on as frequently is it’s disproportionate impact on borrowers Read More

In Melissa Harris-Perry’s first night sitting in for Rachel Maddow, she educated viewers about the seemingly irrepressible wealth gap between white and minority households in the U.S.: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Harris-Perry makes an important point – duh, that’s what she always does – when she reminds Read More

A foundational belief at the Harlem Children’s Zone is that erasing the achievement gap between black and white kids requires a comprehensive, resource-intensive approach. The idea is that middle-class white kids don’t just have better schools, but the kind of home lives that lend themselves to better school performance. HCZ is essentially trying to fill in Read More

On Monday, USA Today released its latest report in a series  on standardized testing in American schools. The story focused on Noyes Education Campus, a PK-8 school in D.C., which had been singled out for praise by the city’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, because of a big jump in its test scores. USA Today Read More

In a dozen states, felons leave prison saddled with thousands of dollars in debt from child-support payments that continued to accrue while they were behind bars, and that they’ll likely never be able to pay.

What’s been so frustrating to me about the House’s move to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday (never fear: the bill will likely die in the Senate) is that House Republicans, especially the bill’s sponsor, Mike Pence, are counting on most Americans not knowing anything about the nonprofit. The vast majority of its services are for routine Read More