Top 7 Reports of October 2012
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Despite a decade of efforts by the New York City Department of Education to expand school choice and ensure that the most disadvantaged students do not invariably attend the most disadvantaged schools, a new study on college readiness shows that student demographics still stubbornly dictate destiny.
America’s Report Card provides a holistic picture of unmet needs in five key areas of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood education, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety. The report urges Americans to take action to boost children’s chances for success in school and life by voting for candidates who support investments in children; holding elected officials accountable for commitments to help children succeed; and engaging with other local leaders to improve the lives of children in their own communities.
This interactive report delivers a current and comprehensive picture of children’s condition in all of California’s 58 counties. This report tracks 28 key indicators of child well-being across counties, over time and by race and ethnicity. With this tool, communities can quickly gauge where children are doing well and where communities must come together to prioritize children’s well-being.
Georgetown Health Policy Institute
Researchers analyzed health insurance data from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey and found that the nation continues to make steady progress toward covering children, despite no reduction in the number of children living in poverty. A strong commitment to children’s health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP and the protection of children’s eligibility levels by the ACA (“Obamacare”) helped decrease the number of uninsured children to 5.5 million in 2011 from 6.4 million in 2009. Full implementation of the ACA provides the next opportunity to make substantial progress for children’s coverage.
Center for the Next Generation and Center for American Progress
“Drill, baby, drill” is a myopic approach to national energy independence, totally ignoring the wide array of advanced energy ideas and policies now at work in regions across the country. As this report shows, there’s a smarter way toward keeping on lights and car engines.
The Economic Policy Institute
This review of several studies suggests that investments in the green economy could accomplish multiple goals beyond simply creating a more sustainable economy. The results also show that green investments could play an important role in a broader short- and long-term job creation strategy and could promote economic mobility by opening up the labor market to more workers without a college degree. Also, the investment opportunities for going green are vast throughout nearly all industries.
This analysis of the American energy economy shows that the nearly 9 percent reduction in annual carbon emissions in the U.S. since 2005 is unlikely to continue in the years ahead without major departures from the ways energy is currently produced and used. Why? It’s largely the economy, stupid, with a few other factors thrown in.