Income inequality is substantial for people 65 and over, but less pronounced than it would be without Social Security and Medicare. A new brief offers a look at what the distribution of financial resources would be like in their absence, and addresses how proposed changes should be analyzed.
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15 Sep 2012
It is hard not to notice the persistent and often controversial discussions taking place in states and cities across the country around how to pay teachers—who should get what for how much and when. This brief begins with an overview of the total compensation package typical for teachers as well as a variety of definitions of indirect compensation. Following that is a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of offering indirect compensation as well as strategies for implementation, both taken from noneducation-based literature.
6 Jun 2016
Measuring the contribution that Medicare and Social Security make to seniors is central to the debate over entitlement reforms. Understanding the role that these programs play is essential to understanding the impacts of various reform proposals. This brief explores issues related to the question of whether or not we can afford Medicare.
6 Jun 2016
A major justification for reforms to reduce Medicare benefits surrounds the claim that the program will be unaffordable in the future and will overburden taxpayers. But many such arguments aren’t based on facts or more than minimal amounts of analysis of these claims. This brief takes a comprehensive look at the likely levels of burden that Medicare will impose on taxpayers in relation to their projected ability to afford them.
6 Jun 2016
In the debate over Medicare’s future, one key question that’s nearly always at least implicit when reform comes up is who should pay. More specifically, how should the burden be split between taxpayers and beneficiaries? This brief examines how the burden is distributed and will shift over time.
20 Apr 2016
in the summer of 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative to identify successful strategies for ensuring that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. This brief summarizes the lessons learned and recommendations of the initiative.
12 Oct 2014
How much graduates earn when they enter the labor market has become a hot-button issue as student debt mounts and fewer new graduates get jobs with the wages needed to pay off their loans. As this status report and these independent research findings show, the need now is for more long-term earnings data; fuller disclosure; and simpler, more accessible data presentation, so students and parents can make better decisions.
7 Apr 2016
Many states are attempting to identify schools that perform better than schools with similar populations. Such “beating-the-odds” schools offer opportunities to identify promising practices that can be implemented by other schools serving similar populations. This study uses data from the Michigan Department of Education to demonstrate how methodological decisions affect which schools are identified as beating the odds.
14 Mar 2014
Regional Educational Laboratories serve the education needs of designated regions, using applied research, development, dissemination, and training and technical assistance, to bring the latest and best research and proven practices into school improvement efforts.
25 Jan 2016
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a central component of California’s Local Control Funding Formula, which requires districts to describe their goals, their strategies to achieve these goals, and the resources allocated to support these strategies. This brief outlines the key challenges undercutting the LCAP’s effectiveness and offers short term and long term solutions to these identified challenges.