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What We're Reading | May 3, 2013

Article by Brittney Bain May 3, 2013 //   3 minute read


Bush Institute Executive Director James K. Glassman discusses the opportunity that comprehensive immigration reform could provide to increase economic growth. He points to the Institute’s 4% Solution book on growth-boosting policy ideas, including legal immigration to attract ambitious and hardworking men and women to the U.S.

Economic Growth Fellow Bernard L. Weinstein writes that Texas can provide a model on upgrading transportation infrastructure. While federal road repairs are often bogged down by the gasoline tax, red tape and mandates, Texas relies on bonding and tolling to fund all new highway construction as well as major upgrades to roads and bridges, resulting in a quick turnaround of new highways and road improvements.

The Education Reform team reflects on "A Nation at Risk," the report issued 30 years ago this month by President Ronald Reagan's Education Department. At the time, the report spelled out where the United States was coming up short in education and what steps could be taken to avert a crisis. Education Reform Director Kerri Briggs and America Enterprise Institute’s Director of Education Policy Studies Frederick Hess write the goal now should be finding educational leaders and equipping them to succeed. In the Wall Street Journal , Education Reform Fellow Eric Smith explains the need for measurable educational goals and accountability and debunks myths of No Child Left Behind.

Two recent articles highlight themes prevalent in the Institute’s Freedom Collection. The Wall Street Journal looks at the story of Cuba’s Berta Soler, one of the leaders of the Ladies in White, a group formed to call attention to the plight of their husbands, brothers, and fathers who were held as political prisoners by the Castro regime. Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei writes in The Washington Post on the importance of courage in promoting democratic change in China.  As Ai Weiwei writes, “A society can have courage only when its members can have faith in justice and fairness and know that their constitutional rights are protected.”