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Bush Center Briefing: April 2017
This issue of the bi-monthly Bush Center Briefing was emailed to subscribers on April 7, 2017. Subscribe today to receive this update in your inbox.
LETTER FROM THE CEO
A year has almost passed since I joined the George W. Bush Presidential Center as President and CEO last May. During that time, I have been more than impressed about the quality and focus of the Bush Center's work and its people. Just since our last Bush Canter Briefing in early February, we have accomplished a great deal:
We've unveiled Portraits of Courage, President Bush"s new book and the accompanying special exhibit of his paintings of wounded warriors. We launched the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap with the U.S. Chamber and created the Warrior Wellness Alliance to help post-9/11 vets get connected to the best possible care for their invisible wounds. In addition, we presented an unprecedented study on the impact of global first ladies. In our continued work on outreach to the public, we held an Engage event headlined by Christopher Jackson from the Broadway hit, Hamilton, and published the winter issue of The Catalyst, asking the post-election question: What Happens Now?
This week, President and Mrs. Bush led a trip to Africa, where they and Bush Center leaders highlighted the work of the First Ladies Initiative and our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon affiliate, which engages in screening and prevention of cervical and breast cancer throughout Africa. Also this week, our 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars class met at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. And on April 19, we will feature author Bill Browder at our Engage series, where he will talk about his harrowing, real-life experiences in Russia.
The last 12 months have been full of impressive work by our outstanding team of dedicated professionals and thought leaders, and I look forward to the next 12 months as we pursue our goals of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to help solve today's most pressing problems. I thank you for your interest in our important work and your engagement with the Bush Center
-- Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
SEVEN WAYS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT TRADE DEFICITS
To some, America's trade deficit shows that our economy is failing. By this flawed logic, America is a chump because our market is open while we let other countries limit our access to their markets. Matthew Rooney, director of the Bush Institute's Economic Growth Initiative, explains that, fortunately for America, this way of looking at our trade balance is almost entirely wrong.
STAYING THE COURSE ON AIDS RELIEF
Today, World Health Day, is an appropriate reminder why we should stay the course with effective development programs like the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. PEPFAR has created more stable societies by saving millions of lives around the world from HIV/AIDS. Its success has helped programs like the Bush Institute-affiliated Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon fight diseases like cervical cancer. Follow along to learn more about President and Mrs. Bush's trip to Africa to highlight these programs.
WHY CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM MATTERS
Missing just 10% of school days - excused or not - puts students at risk to fall behind academically. Unfortunately, this problem affects districts across the nation. Federal data shows that 13% of all students - 6.5 million children in total - were chronically absent in the 2013-14 school year. To take on this challenge, the George W. Bush Institute's Education Reform Initiative has convened a working group to present ways school districts and even mayors can curb chronic absenteeism.
JOIN US FOR EASTER BRUNCH
Celebrate Easter at Café 43, the Bush Center's full-service restaurant, and enjoy a limited-edition holiday menu featuring classics like bourbon and brown butter glazed ham, as well as green chile and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese and specialty cocktails. Make your reservation today at 214.200.4302 or online at opentable.com.
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IN THE NEWS
Accountability Systems Need to be Simple Enough for Parents and the Public to Understand and Act Upon
What we need is a constant balancing of fairness and simplicity. This should be a primary goal for states like Texas now that the new Every Student Succeeds Act gives them more responsibility for holding schools accountable for their results.
Don't Fall for Protectionism
“Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” In light of these words from President Trump’s inaugural address, his decision to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum is not surprising. Those words also foreshadow his Administration’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership soon after he took office. And they provide a key to his Administration’s stated objectives in renegotiating NAFTA and the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. It may not have been clear to all of the many millions of people in attendance that day just how important those words were. With those words, the President announced a fundamental change to an American approach to trade that has guided our nation’s policy for almost a century – a century in which, not coincidentally, the United States became the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. In the NAFTA negotiations and, now, with the steel and aluminum ta
A Tale of Two Realities
While the Olympics attempts to elevate countries to the same playing field, there are usually clear winners and losers. Global cervical cancer statistics reveal a similar story.