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Read the article Root Causes of Migration: From Northern Central America.
Jan 17, 2023

Root Causes of Migration: From Northern Central America

By: Jenny Villatoro, Matthew Rooney
Over 35% of the approximately 1.6 million migrants arriving at our southern border in 2021 were families or unaccompanied children. Almost 200,000 children came from Northern Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras), and about half of them were unaccompanied. Shifting demographics, the increase in children and family arrivals, and the increase in large caravans arriving from Northern Central America have spurred a conversation into the root causes of migration.
Read the article Democracy: Why America must lead to strengthen democracy worldwide.
Jan 17, 2023

Democracy: Why America must lead to strengthen democracy worldwide

By: Chris Walsh
By virtue of its political and economic might, the United States is uniquely positioned to champion the cause of freedom around the world. Doing so directly benefits Americans because free societies are more likely to engage in commerce, respect the rule of law, create pluralistic cultures that promote tolerance, and foster peaceful relations; they are less likely to go to war with each other.
Read the article Immigration: Finding a way forward.
Jan 18, 2023

Immigration: Finding a way forward

By: Laura Collins
Immigration law and policy in the United States have needed updates for decades. Our current legal immigration system is inadequate to support our 21st century economy. It also needlessly discriminates against many qualified immigrants with inflexible caps on everything from education to country of origin.
Read the article Veterans and Military Families: Ensuring economic opportunity.
Jan 17, 2023

Veterans and Military Families: Ensuring economic opportunity

By: Col. Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR
A new Congress makes this the optimal time to take a fresh look at the strategies, policies, programs, and resources that can empower veterans and their families to successfully reenter civilian life and continue to lead for years to come. Our Nation needs them.
Read the article Education Accountability: Support valid, comparable state assessments for K-12 students.
Jan 18, 2023

Education Accountability: Support valid, comparable state assessments for K-12 students

By: Anne Wicks
High-quality assessments help us determine which students are on track and, importantly, which ones are falling behind and need additional support. This is true in a normal school year, and it’s even more critical now because of the pandemic’s massive disruption of schooling for our Nation’s young people.
Read the article Education after COVID-19: Students must benefit from federal relief funds now.
Jan 17, 2023

Education after COVID-19: Students must benefit from federal relief funds now

By: Anne Wicks, Justine Taylor-Raymond
It is clear that young people bore the brunt of the pandemic’s impact. Disrupted learning, sometimes stretching for two years, forced many students off track and behind academically. We now face an unprecedented need to make smart investments with federal relief funds in efforts that accelerate student learning. District leaders should move quickly and thoughtfully to effectively spend the $190 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) grant money to help students.

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