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Already Ahead: Top Contenders in the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge

August 26, 2011

By the end of this year, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services will award grants of between $50 million to $100 million to states to improve early childhood education. The grants are part of a new competition called the Early Learning Challenge, a version of the Race to the Top education-reform competition launched in 2009. 

Redefining the Islamic State

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
August 18, 2011

Despite dramatic security improvements since 2006, terrorism is still rampant in Iraq. According to statistics compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), between January 2008 and the end of 2010, morethan 300 people were killed every month in 200 acts of terrorism—each figure higher than in any other country in the world. These facts might strike many people as counterintuitive, because Iraq no longer receives the attention it once did from global media.

Public Interest Organizations Support LightSquared Wholesale Mobile Network

  • and John Bergmayer, Harold Feld; Public Knowledge; Chris Riley, Matthew F. Wood, Free Press; and Chrystiane Pereira, Media Access Project
August 1, 2011

In 2010, the Federal Communications Commission approved an application by LightSquared to create a wholesale mobile broadband network by combining land-based and mobile satellite services. Subsequently, the commercial GPS industry opposed the network, arguing it would cause harmful interference to GPS devices. In response to a request for comments about the report of the Technical Working Group ordered by the FCC to study the interference issues, the New America Foundation, Free Press, Public Knowledge, and Media Access Project (the Public Interest Organizations) urge the FCC to actively intervene to broker, or impose if necessary, a plan that will not leave the L Band spectrum that LightSquared controls fallow, that will permit LightSquared to deploy its promised wholesale-only mobile broadband network on at least part of its spectrum, and that will safeguard essential GPS services.

Monetary Policy and Central Banking After the Crisis

  • By
  • Thomas Palley,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2011

The financial crisis and Great Recession have prompted a rethink of monetary policy and central banking.

Testimony of David Rothstein to the US House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight

July 28, 2011

Chairman Boustany, Ranking Member Lewis, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify on behalf of Policy Matters Ohio, the New America Foundation, and the National Community Tax Coalition. My research is primarily focused on the financial status and socioeconomic challenges experienced by the millions of low-and moderate-income tax filers in the United States, and my comments reflect the perspective of those who provide free tax assistance to these individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Yes We Can Create Decent Jobs

  • By Heather Boushey, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
July 28, 2011

The American economy can produce decent jobs. We know this to be true because it has happened before. Getting back to a decent-jobs economy will require a commitment on the part of policymakers to creating many more middle-skill, middle-wage jobs. While there are important reasons to support the incomes of those at the bottom of the wage distribution, we will not improve the lives of working families without improving and increasing job opportunities in the middle.

A Vision for Economic Renewal

  • By Task Force on Job Creation
July 26, 2011

The economic environment in America today is more dire than most of us have ever known. We are in the midst of an unemployment emergency, in essence a jobless recovery: notwithstanding recent marginal upticks in official U.S. jobs numbers, there will be no fundamental improvement in the unemployment picture unless major new national economic strategy initiatives are taken. Who will step up to drive them forward?

Comments on Amendments to the FCC’s Rules to Improve Wireless Coverage Through the Use of Signal Boosters

  • and Harold Feld, Rashmi Rangnath and Joe Newman: Public Knowledge
July 25, 2011

Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation (“PK and NAF”) support both consumer choice and the responsible use of mobile wireless signal boosters. PK and NAF agree with the Commission that if properly designed and certified, mobile signal boosters have the potential to greatly benefit the public while automatically providing sufficient protection against harmful interference. PK and NAF agree with the Commission’s proposal that mobile signal boosters should be classified as Section 307(e) devices and authorized without an individual license for use on any or all networks.

Taking Asset Building and Earnings Incentives to Scale in HUD-Assisted Rental Housing

  • By
  • Reid Cramer,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jeffrey Lubell, Center for Housing Policy
July 21, 2011

In the United States, housing assistance is not an entitlement. Despite annual federal expenditures in excess of $30 billion for housing subsidies distributed to roughly 4.8 million households, millions of eligible families with low incomes and high housing costs do not receive any support. Some families have applied for assistance from their local housing authorities but must wait for their names to come to the top of the list; others have not applied but may pay large shares of their income for rent, reducing available funds for basic necessities, such as food and health care.

A Global Minimum Wage System

  • By
  • Thomas Palley,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2011

The global economy is suffering from severe shortage of demand. In developed economies that shortfall is explicit in high unemployment rates and large output gaps. In emerging market economies it is implicit in their reliance on export-led growth. In part this shortfall reflects the lingering disruptive effects of the financial crisis and Great Recession, but it also reflects globalization’s undermining of the income generation process. One mechanism that can help rebuild this process is a global minimum wage system. That does not mean imposing U.S.

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