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Red Sex, Blue Sex

  • By
  • Margaret Talbot,
  • New America Foundation
November 3, 2008 |

In early September, when Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for Vice-President, announced that her unwed seventeen-year-old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant, many liberals were shocked, not by the revelation but by the reaction to it. They expected the news to dismay the evangelical voters that John McCain was courting with his choice of Palin. Yet reports from the floor of the Republican Convention, in St. Paul, quoted dozens of delegates who seemed unfazed, or even buoyed, by the news.

David Gray on NPR | 'Candidates Differ On Relief For Working Families'

October 31, 2008

Both campaigns "defer a lot of costs in this area," said David Gray, director of the Workplace and Family Program for the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, D.C. "It's much more difficult to compare the cost-benefit" than with, say, health care.

Gray, who said it was "significant that you have a Republican doing anything in this area," noted that McCain's proposed commission would cost little to establish, and "if you don't implement any recommendations, there's no cost."

David Gray Featured in The Washington Examiner

October 19, 2008

The Rev. David Gray, 39, is director of the Workforce and Family Program at the New America Foundation and is a parish associate at National Presbyterian Church. He has served as a lawyer and policy aid in both the legislative and executive branches of government, and is preparing to release a paper on the family aspects of America’s Next Social Contract.

Jacob Hacker in McClatchy News | 'Market Woes Increase Risk for U.S. Families'

September 28, 2008
“What’s happening on Wall Street occurs alongside a very substantial slow-moving crisis for American families,” said Jacob Hacker, a political science professor at the University of California at Berkeley. “More and more financial responsibility and risk have moved from the broad shoulders of government and corporations onto the backs of American workers and their families.” LINK

Prisoner of the Heart

  • By
  • Douglas McGray,
  • New America Foundation
September 27, 2008 |

Sara Mead in The Morning News - Arkansas | 'Parenting Matters In Achievement Of Boys, Girls'

September 11, 2008
Mandara was joined by Sara Mead, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, for a public discussion on the education of boys as part of the University of Arkansas education reform department lecture series. About 30 parents and teachers attended the discussion at the Jones Center for Families.

The pair will also discuss their research findings on the achievement gap today with graduate students and faculty in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Congressional Testimony on the Challenges Facing American Workers

September 11, 2008
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Sara Mead on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook | 'Beyond 'No Child''

September 9, 2008

How to improve under-achieving schools in America’s poorest communities has vexed policy makers for generations. President Bush’s No Child Left Behind law insists on accountability. But critics charge it encourages teaching to the test at the expense of real learning.

The law still sparks a loud argument -- but as one of our guests today writes in the current issue of Harper’s magazine, there’s debate that test-prep companies such as Kaplan are profiting handsomely from the federal mandate to test, and test, and test again.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 2:30pm

After peaking in 2002, child well-being in the United States has been stagnant for five years. Meanwhile, recent data from the Child Well-Being Index shows some disturbing upward trends in child obesity and youth violence, as well as a persistent academic achievement gap. To date, public policy has not sufficiently mobilized to combat these issues before they start to affect the nation’s children.

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