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Flip it to Fix it
The Great Recession left nearly all states with severe budget deficits as state tax revenues plummeted. Simultaneously, there has been a dramatic increase in demand for public services as families also struggle to stay afloat. These budget realities have forced at least 21 states to propose deep cuts in pre-kindergarten and K-12 spending. United for a Fair Economy recently published a report that takes a state’s current distribution of state and local taxes by income quintile and flips the quintiles to make a regressive tax structure progressive. This model results in significant revenue for states that could be used to fully fund education, job growth and other economic stimulants. Download the report
Pennsylvania's Best Investment: The Social and Economic Benefits of Public Education
Investing in public education pays big dividends for Pennsylvania’s economy, increases civic and political participation, reduces crime, and improves the health of its citizens according to a new report from the Education Law Center and Penn State University. Pennsylvania’s Best Investment: The Social and Economic Benefits of Public Education urges investment in quality pre-kindergarten, lowering class sizes in elementary schools and providing a rigorous curriculum that prepares all students for college. Read the report here.
Education and Economy: Boosting the nation’s economy by improving high school graduation rates among students of color native students
There is an economic -- as well as ideological -- importance to providing all students with an equal opportunity for rigorous education. In this report, the Alliance for Excellent Education makes the economic case, analyzing state-level economic data to determine the monetary benefits that states could see by improving the graduation rates of students of color and Native students.
The Call for Youth Justice
In this report, the Children's Defense Fund - New York brings to life data on the stark inequities in NYC's environment, schools and criminal justice system through a stunning series of maps illustrating "the legacy of years of misinformed fiscal and policy decisions." They are a call to action and a reminder that for decades "the lions of distress and limited opportunities were pursuing the children who call these neighborhoods home." Click here to download the report!
A Well-Educated Workforce Is Key to State Prosperity
The best way to build a strong state economy isn't to cut taxes and hope businesses invest in your state and create jobs. Instead, the best way to ensure both economic prosperity and job creation is to invest in education. A policy brief by Peter Fisher of the Economic Policy Institute and Noah Berger of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (an OTL ally) has a simple message for state-level policymakers concerned about their state's workers: "If you educate them, jobs will come."