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New Report Reveals Devastatingly Large Education Funding Gaps

Despite recent, widespread attention to inequitable education funding formulas, school districts serving low-income students and students of color still receive far less funding than districts serving White and more affluent students. This is just one of the findings of “Funding … Continue reading

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Tennesseans Lead the Campaign for Education Equity at the Local Level

By Tara Yarlagadda, Field Associate A strong campaign for education equity has been steadily building in Jackson, Nashville, and all across the state of Tennessee over the past few months. An ever-growing group of committed Tennesseans has been leading the … Continue reading

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DOT Approves Nationwide Pilots for Local and Targeted Hiring Policies

By Anita Hairston, PolicyLink Last week, the US Department of Transportation initiated a first-of-its-kind experimental program that will allow city and state departments of transportation to set economic and geographic preferences when hiring for local contracts to build roads, bridges, … Continue reading

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D.C. City Council Pushes Forward Local CEDAW Initiative

By Stephanie Moore, a Spring 2015 Leadership Conference Education Fund Intern While we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, we are reminded that the United States is one of only seven countries that still hasn’t ratified the U.N. Convention on … Continue reading

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For Millions of Low-income Workers Left Behind by Public Transit Systems, Every Day’s a Snow Day

By Courtney Hutchison, PolicyLink The record 100-plus inches of snow that has pounded the Boston metropolitan area this winter has brought the city’s ailing public transportation system to the forefront of the public debate as more than a million workers … Continue reading

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President Obama Announces Proposed Retirement Savings Protections

President Obama announced new protections for retirement savers today, stating that Americans who work hard to put away money for retirement deserve peace of mind knowing that the financial retirement advice they receive is sound. The proposed rule is good … Continue reading

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Why We Must Confront America’s History of Racial Terrorism

In the period between the Civil War and World War II, nearly 4,000 African-American men, women, and children were lynched in the American South during our country’s shameful era of racial terrorism. Today, the violence and horror of these murders … Continue reading

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