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Mass incarceration contributes to the racial achievement gap in schools

In a new report, EPI research associates Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein draw a connection between mass incarceration and the racial achievement gap in schools. African American children are six times as likely as white children to have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The disproportionate incarceration of African American parents has contributed to the gap in achievement between African American and white students. The authors advocate for a number of policies and actions to reduce the number of unjustly incarcerated African American parents and narrow this gap.

FEDERAL RESERVE

The Fed acts to slow the economy before workers have benefited

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25 percent, a move that EPI’s Josh Bivens says is a mistake because the U.S. economy hasn’t yet reached full employment. Under genuine full employment, unemployment is low enough that workers can demand and obtain real wage gains in line with productivity growth—something most workers haven’t enjoyed for decades. The Fed’s move unfortunately prioritizes keeping inflation below the Fed’s target rather than full employment.

EVENTS

Panel to discuss new research on Americans’ attitudes toward regulatory enforcement

On Monday, December 19, EPI will host a panel discussion on voter attitudes about regulatory enforcement. Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners will present new research on the topic and a panel of policy experts will explore the implications for health and safety, environmental, labor, and financial regulation and enforcement. Join us in Washington, D.C., or watch the livestream.

 

IN THE NEWS
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A Sacramento Bee article on the federal Texas court order blocking the Obama administration’s new overtime pay rule cited EPI’s research. The rule to extend automatic overtime pay protection to salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year (versus $23,660) would have benefited 12.5 million workers nationally and more than 1 million in California. The Labor Department is appealing the court order. | "Why managers aren’t smiling this holiday season" »
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Marketplace interviewed EPI’s Ross Eisenbrey on the challenges Andrew Puzder would face if he tried to overturn the new overtime rule. | "Labor Secretary pick opposes many current regulations" »
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The Washington Post featured Richard Rothstein’s recent article on what the New York City Council can do to integrate NYC’s public schools. | "The reason America’s schools are so segregated — and the only way to fix it" »
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Mic. interviewed EPI’s Elise Gould on President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed maternity leave plan, which would not extend paid family leave to new fathers. “If you get men to take [family] leave, that can change the culture of work-life balance and caretaking. That is where the rubber meets the road on closing the gender wage gap and [eliminating] the motherhood penalty." | "The gender wage gap in the US could get worse under Donald Trump" »
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The Nation cited EPI’s new research on part-time work noting that 6.4 million workers want to work full time but are instead working part time. | "Trump Just Told the Fight for $15 to Go Screw Itself" »
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