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Jonathan Kantrowitz

18- to 29- year-olds prefer a Democrat (55%) winning the 2016 campaign for president over a Republican (40%)

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Source: Harvard’s Institute of Politics A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds no front-runner among prospective Republican candidates in a still-emerging presidential primary race – with no candidate capturing more than ten percent. Hillary Clinton is […] [Read More]
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Americans support higher gas taxes, spending revenue on public transit

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Source: Mineta Transportation Institute Americans are willing to pay increased taxes at the gas pump if the revenue is invested in specific transportation improvements, according to the results of a new Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) national telephone survey. These results indicate that Americans would likely support proposed federal legislation for funding transportation infrastructure. The Mineta […] [Read More]
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Tax Cuts for Middle, Lower Income Americans Boost the Economy While Tax Breaks for the Rich Do Little to Help

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Source: University of Chicago Booth School of Business Tax cuts for ordinary Americans boost economic growth and create jobs, while tax breaks for the rich do little to help the economy. A new study by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Assistant Professor of Economics Owen Zidar found that the stimulative effects of income […] [Read More]
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Charter School Fraud and Mismanagement: The Tip of the Iceberg

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A year ago, the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) issued a report demonstrating that charter schools in 15 states—about one-third of the states with charter schools—had experienced over $100 million in reported fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. A new report The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities To Waste, Fraud, And Abuse Escalating Fraud […] [Read More]
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The Fair Workweek Initiative in Connecticut

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Source: “Hourly Work and Workers in Connecticut”, The Center for Popular Democracy Connecticut has almost 885,000 hourly workers—nearly 57 percent of Connecticut’s total workforcea—who would benefit from updating workplace protections to match our modern workweek. Across multiple measures, hourly workers are more likely than salaried workers to experience volatile, precarious schedules. A national survey found […] [Read More]
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Girls of Color Are Not Getting Equal Chances to Play School Sports

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Source: National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) Nationwide, 40 percent of heavily minority schools have large athletics gaps for female students, compared to only 16 percent of heavily white schools Girls of color are finishing last when it comes to the opportunity to play sports in high […] [Read More]
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My Latest Education Research Reports

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Giving books to kids before summer break can stem reading losses Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 2 hours ago It’s common knowledge among teachers that when students return to school after the long summer break, they likely will have lost some academic ground — a phenomenon known as “summer slide.” A new study, […] [Read More]
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Immigrants are a Shot in the Arm for the Local Economy

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Most research on the effects of immigration focuses on the effects of immigrants as adding to the supply of labor. By contrast, this paper studies the effects of immigrants on local labor demand, due to the increase in consumer demand for local services created by immigrants. This effect can attenuate downward pressure from immigrants on […] [Read More]
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