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Bush touts role of principals during visit to KIPP President Bush visited the KIPP Explore and KIPP Intrepid Schools in Houston this week and met with leaders from the Houston Independent School District, KIPP and the YES Prep charter school in the North Forest district to discuss the Bush Institute’s Alliance to Reform Education Leadership Program (AREL). The discussion surrounded the importance of recruiting and training first-rate principals: "You can't have a good school until you have an innovative, well-trained principal," Bush said. Suu Kyi’s Long Journey to Freedom In honor of Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic visit to the U.S. and acceptance of the Congressional Gold Medal this week, Mrs. Laura Bush wrote this opinion in Washington Post saying, “Ms. Suu Kyi’s life and story are powerful reminders of why we must not give up on the causes of freedom and liberty.” Sweet Home Chicago loses its appeal to the tax weary During the Bush Institute Tax Competition and 4% Growth Conference: What the Midwest Can Show the Rest of the Country in Chicago this week, Amity Shlaes, Director of the 4% Growth Project, published this article in the Chicago Times. Shlaes explores why populations leave cities like Chicago, no longer a “price city but a “deal city”: “Citizens are voting with their feet, going to places where taxes are not only simpler but lower, where it's not all about whether you can get a deal.” The Lady of Burma Comes to Washington – At Last Bush Institute Executive Director James K. Glassman and Director of Human Freedom Amanda Schnetzer wrote this article after witnessing Aung San Suu Kyi’s acceptance of the Congressional Gold Medal "in recognition of her courageous and unwavering commitment to peace, nonviolence, human rights, and democracy in Burma". The article points out how far Burma has come, but that the struggle for freedom continues: “Since Suu Ky's release from house arrest in 2010 and the emergence of a civilian-led government in 2011, Burma has experienced important openings… Nevertheless, hundreds of political prisoners still sit in Burma's jails.” Suu Kyi and her story serves as an inspiration to those continuing to fight for freedom around the world.
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.