thenation.com — Working with those who understand the urgency of creating millions of high-value-added jobs — and the higher family incomes and tax revenues that will follow — the Obama administration and Congress need to "slipstream" behind the bailouts and develop long-term plans to support the renewal of manufacturing.
WASHINGTON – Campaign for America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey said that the federal budget passed by President Obama’s allies in the U.S. House marks a major shift from the failed policies that got us into this economic mess.
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nytimes.com — The lack of direct action could signal the weakening of a social contract that keeps people meaningfully invested in the fate of our country — which may, in turn, be hindering our ability to resolve this crisis.
nytimes.com — The country has fallen on hard times, but those of us who love cities know we have been living in the dark ages for a while now. We know that turning things around will take more than just pouring money into shovel-ready projects, regardless of how they might boost the economy. Windmills won’t do it either. We long for a bold urban vision.
huffingtonpost.com — Yes, our apoplexy poses terrible risks. But the opening for real reform that also accompanies it — an opportunity for justice, accountability, solving intractable problems, making essential investments — could turn out to be as game-changing for this era as Vietnam was to another.
After a transformational election and at the beginning of a transformational presidency, progressives need to remember: the real transformation hasn’t happened yet. Starting this week, fellow blogger Sara Robinson and I will launch a "blog conversation" about the progressive values at the core of the president's budget, how to talk about it importance, and what progressives can do to pass the first truly progressive budget we've seen in decades. But it's not just a conversation between us. We hope you'll join in.
csmonitor.com — Performance pay is one of several areas getting attention right now as education reformers zero in on high-quality teaching as the key to helping students learn. The thinking goes like this: It takes good teachers to improve student achievement, and it will take better pay to lure and keep good teachers. Critics, including many unions, point to several issues. It's difficult to determine which teachers are most effective, and it's particularly unfair to tie pay partly to student test scores, the critics say. Also, there's a lack of solid evidence so far that changing the pay structure really improves teaching.