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Racial and economic segregation are holding back too many students

In a new report, EPI economist Emma García and Stanford professor Martin Carnoy find that the achievement gap between black and white students is narrowing but that English language learners and students in high-poverty schools are still struggling to keep up with their peers.  The authors recommend enhanced support for low-income and at-risk children through coordinated education, economic, and housing policies.

WAGES

The Obama legacy on wages

In a new article, EPI’s Josh Bivens assesses the Obama administration’s performance in promoting policies that generate broad-based wage growth. Bivens finds that Obama’s policy record on wages is strong but that the actual performance of wages during his tenure was extraordinarily weak due largely to the economy he inherited in his first term.

Federal inaction on minimum wage has left many workers behind

As of January 1, 29 states and the District of Columbia have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. A new Economic Snapshot shows that, without any change in either the federal or their states’ minimum wages by November 2020, minimum wage workers in the 21 states stuck at $7.25 will be paid 31.7 percent less than workers in states with higher minimum wages.

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The Washington Post quoted Elise Gould on workers who are left behind in the economy. “Even just looking at one month, we can say that the economy disproportionately has worse outcomes for workers of color.” | "It’s not the white working class that is hurting the most" »
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VICE News spoke with EPI’s Daniel Costa about the potential effects of the Trump administration on work opportunities for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. | "Deporting Young Immigrants Only Hurts America" »
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The Washington Post quoted Josh Bivens on the impacts of President-elect Donald Trump’s tweets aimed at automakers. “When Trump mentions the country’s gradual loss of car-making jobs, he is harking back to the past, when the auto industry played a larger role in building the country.” | "How Donald Trump’s tweets set the tone for the biggest auto show of the year" »
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The Huffington Post quoted EPI’s Elise Gould on the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s final employment situation numbers of 2016. “We’re moving in the right direction,” Gould said. “We’ve made huge amounts of progress. We’re just not there yet.” | "How Obama Used The Bully Pulpit To Help Workers" »
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In a story about minimum wage workers, BuzzFeed cited EPI research noting that 4.3 million people received a raise on January 1, 2017, as a result of state minimum wage increases. | "Here’s All The Places Getting Minimum Wage Increases In 2017" »
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