With DeVos Confirmation, Expect Charter School to Prison Pipeline

Media Contacts: Karen Dolan, karen@ips-dc.org, 202-787-5228 Domenica Ghanem, domenica@ips-dc.org, 202-787-5205 Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie in the Senate to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education today. This is the response from the Institute for...
Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Imagine you’re standing in line for the American Dream. You work hard, sometimes in dangerous jobs. You lead a moral life. But the line is stalling, even moving backwards. Yet you see newcomers up front — some of them immigrants and people of color. Maybe you’ve...
Trump Was Born on Third Base

Trump Was Born on Third Base

Donald Trump was born on third base, but claims he hit a triple. Throughout history, we’ve had many “born on third base” presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, George W. Bush and now Trump. These politicians trumpet their business acumen, but reveal little...
Another For-Profit College Folds

Another For-Profit College Folds

Picking the right college isn’t a fun process. Whether you’re a high school student eyeing your next step or a bit older looking to improve your career, the cycle of researching dozens of schools, preparing lengthy applications, waiting to hear back, and then figuring...
I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

I Have the Right to Own a Gun, But Not to Basic Needs

In a recent Michigan court case, a federal judge has sided with a local funeral home in a ruling the Human Rights Campaign has described as a “dangerous precedent.” What makes this case so dangerous? In the court proceedings, the funeral home owner — accused of...
Students, Not Criminals

Students, Not Criminals

Ten years ago, six African-American boys in Louisiana got into a fight with a white classmate at school. Rather than breaking it up, school administrators called the police. Where other students might have been sent home or suspended, the “Jena Six” were...
I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

When I was young, I convinced myself that signing up for college was the best way for me to avoid being poor. Yet somehow how I still ended up poor. I was raised by a single mother who did her best to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed. At times...
Don’t Spend Your Money on Already Rich Schools

Don’t Spend Your Money on Already Rich Schools

Don’t go to Bowdoin College. Don’t give a huge check to Stanford. Don’t give Wilt Chamberlain a hard time for shooting free throws underhanded. And don’t underestimate how much inequality rots our society from all sorts of different angles. You’ll take away these...
The American Dream Moved to Canada

The American Dream Moved to Canada

Does your family aspire to the American Dream of a decent paying job, a few weeks of paid vacation, a home of your own, and the hope of retiring before you die? Maybe try Canada. Our country has historically prided itself on being a socially mobile society, where your...
We Should Take a Lesson from the Nordic Countries on Inequality

We Should Take a Lesson from the Nordic Countries on Inequality

The “Nordic model” is often celebrated as an alternative to the United States’ escalating inequality. The Nordic countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland – typically have considerably less income and wealth inequality, thanks to both robust social safety...
The Big Banks Can Be Beaten

The Big Banks Can Be Beaten

When the 2008 financial crash slammed the New York City construction industry, Maribel Touré’s husband lost his job as an architect. On top of that, Maribel suffered a serious accident. But what really plunged the family into financial trouble was sending their...
Film: The Power of the Weak

Film: The Power of the Weak

Come to the D.C. premiere of the documentary The Power of the Weak, where you can meet in-person with Jorge Enrique Jérez Belisario (Jorgito), the young Cuban man whose story is told in the film. The documentary provides a picture of the world-renowned Cuban medical...