News Clips Archive
- Mar 28, 2017 | Associated Press LePage wants to make tough welfare regulations the law This article cites CLASP about the time limits of a household's eligibility for temporary benefits.
- Mar 27, 2017 | NPR Congress Votes To Expand Drug Testing For Unemployment Recipients Elizabeth Lower-Basch went on NPR All Things Considered to discuss drug testing as a condition for federal assistance.
- Mar 24, 2017 | The Atlantic Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Are Scaring Eligible Families Away From the Safety Net In this article, Wendy Cervantes was quoted about the dangers of Trump's immigration-enforcement order.
- Mar 23, 2017 | McClatchy Even conservatives wary of GOP’s work-for-Medicaid plan that could cut off new moms In this McClatchy article that appeared in about 30 newspapers across the country, Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted about how this addition to the AHCA is misguided and counterproductive.
- Mar 22, 2017 | McClatchy Trump tells GOP: Support this health bill or lose your seats Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted about the work requirements provision for Medicaid added to the American Health Care Act.
- Mar 21, 2017 | NPR Medicaid Work Requirement Wouldn't Shrink Spending Much "'Forcing people to work as a condition of Medicaid doesn't help people to get jobs. It's a barrier to getting care,' says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of income and work supports at the Center for Law and Social Policy."
- Mar 20, 2017 | Vox Unemployed? Congress wants to make it easier for states to drug test you to collect benefits. In this article, Elizabeth Lower-Basch was quoted about how Republicans' proposal to make it easier for states to drug test the unemployed before they collect government benefits can actually lead to higher costs than savings.
- Mar 17, 2017 | Rewire Paid Family Leave Changed My Life A CLASP brief was cited about the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the economic disadvantages of low-paid workers.
- Mar 17, 2017 | NPR Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable Olivia Golden went on NPR Morning Edition to discuss why the budget would be devastating to low-income Americans, as well as state and city budgets.
- Mar 15, 2017 | Inside Higher Ed Hungry and Unable to Complete In this article, senior policy analyst Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted about widespread food and housing insecurity for students across colleges in America.
- Mar 10, 2017 | Huffington Post Paul Ryan Seems Excited To Kick People Off Medicaid Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about the Republican health care bill and the dangers of block grants for Medicaid.
- Mar 10, 2017 | PennLive With GOP's Medicaid rollback, hard-working Pennsylvanians have the most to lose In this op-ed, Olivia Golden explains how the GOP's Medicaid rollback affects Pennsylvanians and other hard-working Americans.
- Mar 09, 2017 | Inside Higher Ed Lost Insurance for Adjuncts and Students In this article, Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted about how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could create new obstacles for low-income students.
- Mar 08, 2017 | Washington Monthly Why President Trump’s Leaked Immigration Order Is a Threat to Us All In this op-ed Wendy Cervantes explains the perils of a leaked executive order from President Trump that would threaten immigrants and their children.
- Mar 04, 2017 | Urban Milwaulkee Will UW System Changes Hurt Minorities? This article cites a CLASP blog post and brief about equity measures in state outcome-based funding, particularly in Wisconsin.
- Mar 01, 2017 | MomsRising.org President Trump Wants to Help Working Families, But Which Families? In this article, Liz Ben-Ishai and Hannah Matthews explain how President Trump's promises and proposals do little to advance public policy areas, specifically child care and paid family leave, and run counter to getting help to those who need it the most.
- Feb 28, 2017 | Coalition on Human Needs Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting From Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at 17-Year Low This article cites CLASP brief about CCDBG participation dropping to a historic low.
- Feb 23, 2017 | The New York Times Trump Vowed to Protect the Safety Net. What if His Appointees Disagree? In this article, Olivia Golden is quoted saying that “[Trump’s policies are] the greatest threat to low-income people in my lifetime.”
- Feb 16, 2017 | Georgetown University Center for Children and Families TANF, CCDBG Demonstrate That Block Grants And Per Capita Caps Won’t Work For Medicaid Suzanne Wikle and Jessica Gehr, members of the income and work supports team, wrote an article about lessons from TANF and CCDBG that show the dangers of changing Medicaid to block grants.
- Feb 15, 2017 | The Aspen Institute Worker power: A critical component of fair scheduling In this op-ed, Liz Ben-Ishai explains the importance of worker organizing to address unfair scheduling.
- Feb 12, 2017 | The Topeka Capital-Journal Medicaid keeps adults healthy and employed In this op-ed, Suzanne Wikle explains the importance of Medicaid, especially for workers in Kansas.
- Feb 07, 2017 | Albuquerque Journal State faring well in child care assistance This article cites a CLASP brief about children eligible for child care assistance in New Mexico and other states.
- Feb 02, 2017 | Huffington Post Trump Considering Crackdown On Welfare For Legal Immigrants In this article, Wendy Cervantes is quoted about how one of Trump's latest immigration proposals could discourage immigrants and their children from seeking critical safety net programs.
- Feb 01, 2017 | Youth Today What’s At Stake for Youth in Federal Budget Are Critical, Crucial Programs In this op-ed, Kisha Bird explains the uncertainty and what's at stake for youth in the federal budget under a new Congress and president.
- Jan 31, 2017 | Inside Higher Ed Decision Day for DeVos "The Center for Law and Social Policy, a nonpartisan national organization that advocates for anti-poverty measures, wrote to Alexander and Murray Monday in opposition to DeVos."
- Jan 20, 2017 | Pasadena Star-News Trump’s Labor Dept. pick is wrong for the job: Guest commentary In this op-ed, Liz Ben-Ishai explains why Andrew Puzder, Trump's Labor Dept. pick, is harmful to workers. This op-ed also ran in multiple media outlets across California.
- Jan 20, 2017 | University Business Higher ed makes the case for a second chance Wayne Taliaferro was quoted in this article about criminal background questions presenting a social justice issue, considering the number of imprisoned minorities in the U.S.
- Jan 19, 2017 | Washington Monthly The Trump Agenda Poses A Major Threat to America’s Children Olivia Golden wrote an op-ed about the dangers to low-income children posed by the incoming administration.
- Jan 17, 2017 | The Chronicle of Social Change Despite Threats to Obamacare, Program for Mothers and Babies Could Double Stephanie Schmit was quoted in this article: “If states are realizing that funding is at risk and staff don’t know if they are going to have a job after September 2017, they are going to be concerned and in some cases start looking for new work."
- Jan 13, 2017 | Forbes How Employers And Policymakers Can Improve Job Opportunities For Young People In this article, Kisha Bird is quoted about the importance of work opportunities, youth development, and civic engagement for young people.
- Jan 05, 2017 | Washington Post Children, parents, U.S. suffer because quality, affordable child care is lacking Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article about the need for funding for quality and affordable child care.
- Dec 21, 2016 | TalkPoverty The Obama Legacy: Supporting Children and Families In this commentary, Olivia Golden addresses the Administration’s policy successes for children and families, and potential implications from the incoming administration.
- Dec 20, 2016 | Univision Las mejores ciudades para trabajadores a tiempo parcial This article was originally published in English on CityLab.com. Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted extensively about ways to protect employees against erratic schedules and unpredictable wages.
- Dec 26, 2016 | USA Today What happens to worker pay, benefits under Trump? This article, which appeared in USA Today and about 100 other media outlets, quotes Liz Ben-Ishai on the importance of paid family and medical leave.
- Dec 21, 2016 | EdSource More than a million California children missing out on state subsidized child care This article cites a CLASP report about the impact on children receiving child care subsidized by the federal block grant. This article also ran in multiple media outlets across California.
- Dec 20, 2016 | JobsFirstNYC What's Next? A Post-Election Discussion: Summary & Highlights This article summarizes "What's Next? A Post-Election Discussion," where CLASP's Kisha Bird and other national experts discussed young adult policy strategies under the incoming administration.
- Dec 14, 2016 | The Atlantic The Best Cities for Part-Time Workers In this article, Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted extensively about ways to protect employees against erratic schedules and unpredictable wages.
- Dec 13, 2016 | MyNewsLA.com UCLA researchers: Young service workers can’t get enough hours Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article about CLASP and the UCLA Labor Center's new report on young workers' struggles with fair scheduling.
- Dec 13, 2016 | Georgetown Center for Children and Families Top Five Threats to Child Welfare from ACA Repeal In this blog post, Olivia Golden explains the five top threats to child welfare from ACA repeal.
- Dec 12, 2016 | MomsRising.org On Democracy and Paid Family and Medical Leave In this commentary, Liz Ben-Ishai asserts the importance of the FAMILY Act, especially for communities of color and immigrant communities.
- Dec 09, 2016 | The Hechinger Report Will changes in online college applications help students chase the American dream? This article cites a CLASP report about changes in the process for online college applications.
- Dec 08, 2016 | The Hill The untapped potential of 'some college, no degree' This article cites a CLASP fact sheet about the projected growth of enrollment for adult students over the next decade.
- Dec 02, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Last-Minute Schedule Changes? Some Cities Say Employers Must Pay Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article about the importance of states considering predictive scheduling legislation.
- Nov 28, 2016 | Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Spotlight Webcast — Wayne Taliaferro on Racial Inequities in Incarceration In this webcast, Wayne Taliaferro spoke about CLASP's commitment to criminal justice reform, as well as the historical racial disparities in incarceration in the U.S.
- Nov 25, 2016 | In These Times Why Fair Scheduling Could Be Labor’s Next Big Fight Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article about workers not only needing a fair and livable wage, but also fair scheduling.
- Nov 22, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Battling Student Hunger Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article about universities and government policy tackling food-insecure students.
- Nov 15, 2016 | AACC 21st Century Center Report Roundup This monthly roundup featured two CLASP reports about correctional education and training, and connecting students to financial aid.
- Oct 27, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report Lack of Hispanics in College Could Hurt Your Paycheck This article cites a CLASP report about unmet financial need for low-income students of color at community colleges.
- Oct 26, 2016 | Governing How Are States Using Welfare Funding? Often, Not to Help People Work. Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about the impact of TANF and how states have an obligation to support children.
- Oct 18, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Welfare Funds for Students Far From Welfare Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article about Michigan's use of welfare for private college tuition grants.
- Oct 13, 2016 | The Nation The American Social Safety Net Does Not Exist "Elizabeth Lower-Basch, director of the income and work-supports team at the Center for Law and Social Policy, says that in some ways, the EITC works like a forced-savings program."
- Oct 12, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Stepping-Stone or Off-Ramp? Judy Mortrude is quoted in this article about how stackable credential pathways programs can best meet the needs of students and employers.
- Oct 12, 2016 | The Retriever UMBC stands out in University System with adult learners In this op-ed, the author cites a CLASP report on the growing number of non-traditional-aged students on college campuses.
- Oct 11, 2016 | The New York Times What Donald Trump’s Big Tax Break Might Buy "The federal and state governments spent $11.3 billion in child care subsidies in 2014, a 12-year low, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy."
- Oct 04, 2016 | Washington Monthly Bill Clinton Killed the Myth of the Welfare Queen Olivia Golden explains in this article that "TANF now reaches less than one in five poor children and involves too few recipients in meaningful work activities that could lead to stable employment."
- Sep 29, 2016 | VICE Check Out Kansas's New Kick-Ass, $12M Basketball Dorm and Forget Where All that Money Could Have Gone Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted extensively throughout this article about the contrast between expenditures on sports and the significant financial needs of college students.
- Sep 29, 2016 | The Atlantic The State-Budget Cuts Trapping Poor Parents "Louisiana is on par with national trends in how it spends its federal block-grant money, CLASP found. In 2014, total spending on childcare assistance nationally fell to $11.3 billion, the lowest level since 2002, as 29 states decreased spending."
- Sep 26, 2016 | Huffington Post Young and Adrift: Measuring Youth Disconnection in America Today This blog post cites a CLASP report on disconnected youth.
- Sep 23, 2016 | Georgetown Center for Children and Families CLASP ED Olivia Golden Invites Children’s Advocates to Help Combat Maternal Depression In this blog post, Olivia Golden calls on children's advocates to work on policies to address maternal depression.
- Sep 23, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed More Aid for the Needy Lauren Walizer is quoted on how the rise in Pell Grants has impacted independent students.
- Sep 19, 2016 | C-SPAN's Washington Journal Washington Journal: Roundtable Discussion of Census Bureau's Latest Poverty Numbers Olivia Golden appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal for an hour-long discussion of the newest Census Bureau data on poverty.
- Sep 16, 2016 | KMSP Klobuchar, Collins introduce legislation to expand tuition assistance CLASP's endorsement of the American Apprenticeship Act is noted in this story.
- Sep 14, 2016 | Associated Press Maine proposal tightens conditions on welfare recipients Elizabeth Lower-Basch discusses Maine's proposed rules on work requirements. This Associated Press article was picked up by multiple media outlets.
- Sep 12, 2016 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution Congress pushes for drug testing for unemployment benefits Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about the questionable benefits of drug testing. The story appeared in more than 20 media outlets nationwide.
- Sep 02, 2016 | Norman Transcript Texas parents lapsed in child support face car renewal trouble Nune Phillips is quoted “We believe states should use their tools to uplift the non-custodial parents so that they can support their children.” This story appeared in scores of media outlets across the country, reaching an audience of millions.
- Sep 01, 2016 | Cleveland.com (in partnership with The Plain Dealer) Cuyahoga Community College reaching out to students affected by ITT Tech troubles Lauren Walizer is quoted on the impact that ITT Tech's collapse would have on students with Pell Grants.
- Sep 01, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Scrambling for Options Lauren Walizer is quoted in this article about the impact of ITT Tech's potential collapse on students there with Pell Grants.
- Aug 31, 2016 | Washington Post This welfare reform program could be a model to help impoverished college students Judy Mortrude is quoted in this article about the success of the career pathways program in Arkansas, particularly with the state's long-term dedication to the effort.
- Aug 31, 2016 | Moms Rising Declining TANF Child Care Funds Underscore Need for Major Child Care Investment In this blog post, Hannah Matthews explains how the investment in child care by TANF has been shrinking and why more federal investment is necessary.
- Aug 25, 2016 | Yankee Magazine The Two Worlds of Bill De La Rosa This article profiles the powerful story of Bill de La Rosa, tracking his rise from a border town in Arizona to honor graduate of Bowdoin, Hispanic Scholar of the Year, and a Truman Scholar at CLASP.
- Aug 25, 2016 | The Christian Century Does welfare-to-work work? Depends what you're trying to accomplish. In this blog post, the author cites Olivia Golden's op-ed in USA Today in making his point that welfare reform has not been as successful as it could be.
- Aug 22, 2016 | USA Today 20 years later, welfare is grim: TANF fails at both providing a safety net and promoting work Olivia Golden's USA Today commentary on the 20th anniversary of welfare reform was republished by many other media outlets, reaching millions of readers.
- Aug 22, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education What Has Welfare Reform Meant for Students' Higher-Education Dreams? The law, signed 20 years ago today by President Bill Clinton, has had a complex impact on poverty—and on educational attainment, according to Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Aug 19, 2016 | Dayton Daily News Mixed result: Poverty persists despite assistance drop In this article about the 20th anniversary of TANF, CLASP is cited as a source for details about the program.
- Aug 19, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education How One College Helps Its Students Navigate the Maze of Social Services This article features CLASP's Benefits Access for College Completion project as an important model for helping low-income students.
- Aug 19, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education 6 Steps to a Benefits-Access Program on Campus This article cites CLASP's report on lessons learned from the Benefits Access for College Completion project.
- Aug 19, 2016 | Chronicle of Higher Education 3 Challenges in Creating a Public-Benefits-Access Program — and How to Overcome Them The article cites CLASP's paper on lessons learned from the Benefits Access for College Completion project.
- Aug 09, 2016 | Governing Pay Up or Park: Texas Links Child Support to Car Registration CLASP's Nune Phillips is quoted in an article about penalties for parents who struggle to pay child support.
- Aug 06, 2016 | Milwaukee Courier Support Grows for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Stronger Way Act This article includes a quote from Olivia Golden stating our support for the Stronger Way Act and its importance to low-income families and individuals.
- Aug 04, 2016 | Chicago Tribune's Daily Southtown Blacks-only classes at local college designed to improve student success This article cites a CLASP report on college preparation for African American students.
- Jul 25, 2016 | WURD, 900AM Discussion about American Youth of Color on The MOJO Show Kisha Bird appeared on the show to provide top-line findings of a new policy paper on the state of American youth of color in the areas of employment and education.
- Jul 20, 2016 | Black Enterprise Help That Can Make a Big Difference (If You Know About It) Microgrants help to retain students and get them to graduate CLASP cited in this article with a caution about ensuring that a microgrant isn't really a microloan.
- Jul 18, 2016 | Next City Building a Better Summer Jobs Program for America’s Youth This article cites a 2007 report by CLASP about the value of the summer jobs program for youth.
- Jul 14, 2016 | Bridge Magazine Businesses gain from stable child care, but what are they doing about it? Nationwide, the program is underutilized as well, said Hannah Matthews, director of child care and early education for the CLASP, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group concentrating on antipoverty policy for children and families.
- Jul 13, 2016 | Community College Daily Coupling public benefits and student services The results of the two-and-a-half-year Benefits Access for College Completion (BACC) initiative are documented in a new report from the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (CLASP).
- Jul 11, 2016 | Moms Rising Child Care Assistance—A Key Support for Working Families—Needs More Robust Funding In this blog post, Stephanie Schmit asserts that state and federal policymakers need to invest more resources in child care to support working families.
- Jul 11, 2016 | Palm Beach Post If you don’t work or volunteer, food assistance program may be cut This article cites a CLASP brief about so-called work requirements for SNAP.
- Jun 21, 2016 | Moms Rising LaJuana Clark's Story: 'It's Not How I Start. It's How I Finish.' This profile mentions the interview that Olivia Golden conducted with LaJuana at a Capitol Hill forum.
- Jun 21, 2016 | Huffington Post An Alarming Number Of Cal State Students Go Hungry, And The University Is Trying To Find Ways To Help Tweet by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield about Chico State's SNAP outreach and application assistance to help tackle student food insecurity is included in this article.
- Jun 03, 2016 | Center for Health Journalism How to get more low-income moms screened for depression? CMS says, ‘Bill me!’ A blog post by CLASP's Stephanie Schmit and Christina Walker about Medicaid's ability to reimburse for maternal depression screening is quoted in this article.
- Jun 02, 2016 | eCampusNews 5 Must-Have’s for Viable Credentials This article describes a new report on credentials that is based on a national dialogue and summit led by Lumina Foundation in partnership with CLASP and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce.
- May 24, 2016 | The Atlantic Whom Do College-Affordability Efforts Help the Most? Mainly the Rich This article cites a proposal by CLASP and others that would block the tax credits from being applied to tuition paid to institutions with low graduation rates, small numbers of low-income students, and high levels of student debt.
- May 12, 2016 | Columbia Missourian MU graduation gap between black, white students rooted in money, academics and climate This article cites research published by CLASP finding that high-minority schools often don't have access to the rigorous coursework that equips students for college.
- Apr 22, 2016 | Student Aid Perspectives Student Aid Perspectives: Public, Means-Tested Benefits Can Help Low-income Students Make Ends Meet In this commentary, Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield discusses the important role of public benefits in meeting the needs of low-income students.
- Apr 18, 2016 | USA Today Voices: If we had parental leave, our sons might still be alive today This op-ed cites a CLASP report stating that 87% of parents have no access to paid leave through their employers.
- Apr 15, 2016 | PND Philanthropy News Digest Good Jobs for All: Racial Inequities in Job Quality African Americans and Latinos are more likely than other groups to not only have low-paying jobs, but to have low-quality jobs, a report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) finds.
- Apr 07, 2016 | C-SPAN's Washington Journal Food Stamps Benefits and Time Limits Olivia Golden talked about time limits in over 20 states that, by some estimates, could cause as many as one million Americans to lose their eligibility for food stamp (SNAP) benefits.
- Apr 07, 2016 | Washington Monthly Where Inequality Begins: A new report shows that disparities in job quality may be a big contributing factor to the racial wealth gap A new report from CLASP finds that Black and Latino workers not only earn significantly less than workers do generally, they are much less likely to have access to paid family leave and sick days and more likely to experience unstable scheduling at work.
- Apr 04, 2016 | Crains New York Business The end of welfare as we know it Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted about the importance of allowing postsecondary education to count toward the work requirement for TANF.
- Apr 01, 2016 | Office of the New York City Mayor Two Years After Mayor de Blasio Expands Paid Sick Leave to One Million New Yorkers, City's Economy Stronger Than Ever This press release from the Office of New York Mayor de Blasio cites CLASP's partnership with the City on the Paid Sick Leave Symposium in October 2015.
- Mar 30, 2016 | Arkansas Online Cost of welfare drug screening pared to $100,000 by agency According to a study by the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington D.C.-based, nonpartisan group that advocates for poorer Americans, about 12 other states have implemented testing requirements similar to those in Arkansas.
- Mar 28, 2016 | Metro News in West Virginia Opponent of TANF drug testing legislation says other states have shown it’s not productive According to a report from CLASP, Kansas received 2,783 applications for TANF benefits from July 2014 to December 2014. Of those, 65 applicants were referred to follow-up drug testing and 11 applicants tested positive at an estimated cost of $11,000.
- Mar 28, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Irregular Scheduling: Balancing Employers’ Flexibility Needs With Employees’ Predictability Needs Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this report on irregular scheduling.
- Mar 27, 2016 | Arkansas News Bureau Hutchinson Supports Plan To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients According to a report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Kansas spent $40,000 over six months in 2014 to screen and test TANF recipients, and in that time 11 people tested positive for illegal drugs.
- Mar 21, 2016 | The Atlantic Strollers on Campus: With families in tow, parents on campus require different support than traditional students. Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article about how college students today are not primarily 18-year-olds who are fresh out of high school.
- Mar 19, 2016 | (Peoria) Journal Star Peoria's Black Population Faces Lifelong Hurdles to Education and Economic Success A 2014 paper from CLASP stressed that schools need more counselors to encourage minority students to take college-track classes and to assist parents in shepherding their kids through the college-application and financial-aid processes.
- Mar 17, 2016 | Community College Daily Supporting Students Beyond Financial Aid “We know the majority of students who drop out do so because of financial reasons,” says Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, senior policy analyst at the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, a division of the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Mar 15, 2016 | Washington Monthly Why Poor Working Mothers Can't Get Ahead This article quotes Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Jodie Levin-Epstein, along with citing CLASP reports, about the challenges faced by low-income working families in addressing their child care needs.
- Mar 15, 2016 | LA Progressive LA Workers Sick of Wage Theft: City Should Pass a Local Paid Sick Days Law In this op-ed, Liz Ben-Ishai discusses legislation in the City of Los Angeles that would protect the rights of workers.
- Mar 12, 2016 | NJ Advance Media Poll: Would you wait 2 days in line for your child's pre-K registation? According to CLASP, a Washington-based nonprofit advocating for low-income people, the New Jersey Supreme Court required years ago that all 3- and 4- year-old children "in the highest-poverty school districts receive a high-quality preschool education."
- Mar 10, 2016 | Huffington Post West Virginia Lawmakers Want Welfare Drug Testing "Very few applicants have tested positive for drug use in states that have implemented these policies," CLASP said in an issue brief last month. "Consequently, operating costs far exceed the fiscal savings from denying benefits."
- Mar 06, 2016 | The Clarion-Ledger The race issue in Mississippi daycares Hannah Matthews said the report has important implications for child care nationwide. “It establishes access to child care as a civil rights issue,” Matthews said. “That is a really important milestone.”
- Mar 04, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Noncompletion Success in California Anna Cielinski is quoted about 'nontraditional' students and barriers to their completion in community college.
- Mar 03, 2016 | Think Progress Mississippi Refuses To Use Money That Would Give Poor Families Child Care According to Hannah Matthews' testimony, there is a “likelihood that declining participation is not solely the result of funding shortfalls, but also reflects state policy choices.”
- Feb 26, 2016 | New America Ed Central Do Federal Funding Mechanisms Lead to Disparate Access to Childcare? This article reviews CLASP's Disparate Access report.
- Feb 23, 2016 | Washington Monthly Head Start Is Missing the Population It’s Designed to Serve Stephanie Schmit describes the significance of the new report, "Disparate Access: Head Start and CCDBG Data by Race and Ethnicity."
- Feb 23, 2016 | Vice News A Million Americans Could Soon Lose Their Food Stamps — And People of Color Are Getting Screwed the Most Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted about the effects of impending food stamp cuts on disabled people.
- Feb 22, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Small Grants, Big Impact Lauren Walizer quoted about the how small amounts of money can dramatically help low-income students.
- Feb 19, 2016 | Education Week Early Childhood Programs Missing Many Minority Children Stephanie Schmit explains the importance of CLASP's new report, Disparate Access: Head Start and CCDBG Data by Race and Ethnicity.
- Feb 19, 2016 | Gotham Gazette In Departure from Predecessors, De Blasio Administration Overhauls City Welfare System Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted about how the de Blasio administration is taking a different approach to welfare than that used by previous New York City mayors.
- Feb 17, 2016 | eCampus News 5 vital focus areas to make postsecondary credentials a success CLASP's leadership, along with Lumina Foundation and the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, is cited in this article about postsecondary credentialing and the recent report issued by the Connecting Credentials partnership.
- Feb 17, 2016 | POLITICO Morning Education Disparate Access POLITICO's Morning Education report features CLASP's new report, Disparate Access.
- Feb 14, 2016 | Hechinger Report For Mississippi parents, child care costs lead to tough choices: As state help decreases, parents struggle to pay for child care, keep jobs This article cites CLASP data on the number of families receiving child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in Mississippi.
- Feb 08, 2016 | New York Times Help for Depressed Mothers, and Their Children In this letter to the editor, Olivia Golden discusses how new guidelines for maternal depression screening can benefit poor and low-income families.
- Feb 02, 2016 | World Socialist Web Site More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff “The people affected by this are very poor,” said Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Washington DC-based Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). “These are by definition people who aren’t working more than about 20 hours a week.”
- Feb 03, 2016 | Aspen Journal of Ideas Giving Retail Workers the Gift of Standards for Job Schedules Jodie Levin-Epstein Discusses Why Fair Scheduling is Crucial for Retail Workers.
- Jan 29, 2016 | Inside Higher Ed Joining U.S. Hunger Program Is Not a Snap Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article about colleges supporting low-incoming students by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Jan 19, 2016 | In These Times Why Fair Job Scheduling for Low-Wage Workers Is a Racial Justice Issue CLASP's Liz Ben-Ishai published this article to describe how Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is leading the fight for fair scheduling in Minneapolis by taking an approach grounded in a commitment to racial justice.
- Jan 15, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report New Family Leave Policies: Not All Created Equal “What's vital is that all employees, not just those in a few lucky large corporations, be provided with this basic policy,” said Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director of CLASP. “That's why public policy is essential.”
Jan 15, 2016
| ABC 7 (WJLA) / Associated Press
D.C. Council holds hearing on proposed paid family leave benefits, nation's most generous
On January 14, Washington, D.C. lawmakers held a hearing about the potential economic impact of a bill guaranteeing paid family leave. If passed, the bill would provide 16 weeks of paid leave to bond with a new child, address a medical condition, or take care of sick family. It would be funded by a new payroll tax. CLASP Deputy Director Jodie Levin-Epstein commented on the importance of the bill to D.C. and the country to ABC 7's Sam Sweeney.
- Jan 14, 2016 | The Atlantic The Hidden Hunger on College Campuses Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield and Elizabeth Lower-Basch are quoted in this article on food insecurity among community college students.
- Jan 13, 2016 | Washington Monthly Sick Leaves: Infected workers account for the majority of foodborne illnesses. Paid sick leave would keep all of us healthier. The phenomenon of sick workers serving food is all too common, according to research by CLASP. Only a tiny fraction of workers have paid sick leave, forcing many to come to work when they’re ill, at the risk of losing their paychecks or their jobs.
- Jan 13, 2016 | Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report Are Scheduling Bills Like D.C.'s Helpful or Meddlesome? Liz Ben-Ishai told California lawmakers in March of 2015 that volatile schedules affect workers’ ability to arrange child care. Such volatility also interferes with their ability to hold second jobs and pursue education or training, she said.
- Jan 08, 2016 | Common Dreams “Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show Elizabeth Lower-Basch discusses how states have used the flexibility under TANF to, essentially, take away the safety net.
- Jan 06, 2016 | Huffington Post There's Something Critical Missing In The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage Without paid family leave, a higher minimum wage is still going to leave low-wage working women in a painful place. Only 5 percent of women in that group have access to paid leave, according to data from the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Jan 04, 2016 | Politico's Morning Education Report New year, new edu CLASP's postsecondary education team offers its prediction for the Higher Education Act in 2016.
- Dec 19, 2015 | Examiner New report promotes easy path to public benefits for low-income college students New CLASP report by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield cited in this article about assisting low-income college students.
- Dec 16, 2015 | Inside Higher Ed Easing Access to Public Benefits A new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy recommends supplementing financial aid with other government assistance programs to help low-income students succeed in college.
- Dec 15, 2015 | Hechinger Report New report proposes helping students qualify for benefits including food stamps This article reports on a forum CLASP held to release a new brief on the use of public benefits and tax credits to help low-income students afford postsecondary education. Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted throughout the story.
- Dec 08, 2015 | Pasadena Now News Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs” In this op-ed, Elizabeth Ben-Ishai sets the record straight on "benefits cliffs" and why the proposed minimum wage increase in Pasadena is helpful for low-wage workers.
- Dec 08, 2015 | Washington Monthly Work-First Welfare Policies Don’t Work for Infants on TANF In this commentary, Elizabeth Lower-Basch makes the case that states should change their TANF programs to be more supportive of families with babies.
- Dec 08, 2015 | GOVERNING Child Care Subsidies Are Getting a Second Look Director of Child Care and Early Education, Hannah Matthews, is quoted in this story about how states are streamlining their child care assistance programs to help working families and their children.
- Dec 04, 2015 | The Mountaineer NC Policy Watch: Yanking away the ladder Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted in this article on the importance of a strong, comprehensive safety net.
Dec 02, 2015
| The Hill
Anti-refugee proposals damage America
In this opinion piece, CLASP's Olivia Golden discusses the many contributions refugees make to this country and urges Congress against using anti-refugee proposals to derail a clean omnibus budget that provides the support needed by poor and low-income children, families, and individuals.
- Dec 01, 2015 | Equal Voice News Child Care’s Broken Promise: Parents Want Solutions Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted in this story about how our nation's child care subsidy system is not meeting the needs of poor and low-income working families.
- Nov 12, 2015 | Triad City Beat New public housing community opens as mayor emphasizes anti-poverty push Olivia Golden's testimony to the house budget committee is quoted in this article on public housing and safety net programs.
- Nov 04, 2015 | Huffington Post John Kasich Pursuing Welfare Policy Republicans Hated In 2012 Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted about a broad recognition that TANF's work rules are too restrictive.
- Nov 04, 2015 | Inside Higher Education Broad Coalition's Goals for the Higher Education Act CLASP joins with 11 other national organizations in a broad coalition calling for a set of shared principles as Congress considers reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.
- Nov 02, 2015 | Chicago Tribune State to launch public-private experiment to fund human services Elizabeth Lower-Basch discusses the risks and rewards of social impact bonds.
- Oct 20, 2015 | MomsRising A Slow-Motion Disaster in the Making Blog post by David Socolow on the importance of fully funding federal programs that meet the needs of poor, low-income people.
Oct 09, 2015
| The Independent
Welfare recipients are less likely to be drug users than average American, results show
Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted on the potentially harmful effects of drug-testing TANF applicants.
- Oct 05, 2015 | Washington Monthly A Bold Agenda for Tackling Child Poverty: Without urgent action, too many of America’s next generation will grow up in economic distress. In this commentary, Olivia Golden describes the extent of poverty among children and young adults, followed by a bold strategy for using public policies to address it.
- Sep 30, 2015 | Burlington County (NJ) Times The Catch-22 of our generation: The struggle to afford child care NJ Assemblyman Troy Singleton cites a CLASP report in this op-ed about his legislative proposal to establish a tax credit in New Jersey to assist working families with burdensome child care costs.
Sep 20, 2015
| C-SPAN's Washington Journal
Washington Journal Discussion of Poverty in the U.S.
Olivia Golden talked about the results of the Census Bureau’s report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the U.S.
- Sep 15, 2015 | NPR Marketplace A more accurate measure of poverty? Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, released by the U.S. Census Bureau this year along with the yearly report on income and poverty on September 16. The supplemental measure includes the benefits received by families.
- Sep 10, 2015 | The Hechinger Report Why Sen. Lamar Alexander is wrong about college affordability A CLASP report on unmet need of low-income students attending community colleges is cited in this article on college costs.
Sep 01, 2015
Kansas Child Advocates Alerted To Potential Cuts In Child Care Assistance
Stephanie Schmit addressed a group of Kansas child care advocates, reminding them that, while the reauthorization of CCDBG includes provisions aimed at improving quality and expanding access, it did not come with the guarantee of additional funding.
- Aug 31, 2015 | KSNT Kansas child care advocates talk about federal funding opportunities Stephanie Schmit is interviewed on this Kansas television station about strengthening child care, particularly for vulnerable families.
Aug 25, 2015
| Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofits Advocate for Changes to TANF as Congress Considers Reauthorization
This article detailing proposed changes to TANF cites Elizabeth Lower-Basch's testimony and also refers to CLASP as one of "two nonprofit sources of essential information on TANF—its problems, prospects, and current status in Congress."
- Aug 19, 2015 | Washington Monthly Volatile Schedules and No Safety Net: Denial of unemployment benefits is an all-too-common indignity for workers with irregular schedules. Liz Ben-Ishai published this article in Washington Monthly to describe the findings of a new report from CLASP and NELP examining the use of unemployment insurance by workers affected by volatile schedules.
- Aug 14, 2015 | The Nation The Many Ways You Can Be Screwed Out of Unemployment Benefits This article cites a joint CLASP/NELP report about the use of unemployment insurance for workers affected by volatile scheduling and includes insights from Liz Ben-Ishai.
- Aug 14, 2015 | Huffington Post Maine's Welfare Drug Tests Caught Just One Person, And That's Typical In this article, Elizabeth Lower-Basch discusses the ineffectiveness of subjecting public assistance recipients to drug testing.
Aug 06, 2015
Abercrombie Promises To End Erratic “On Call” Shifts In Stores
Liz Ben-Ishai states in this article: “We hope that [Abercrombie] taking the lead will show that companies can modify their practices to ... establish fair scheduling for their employees.”
- Jul 30, 2015 | ABC 7 WJLA Washington D.C. Why the Conversation Over Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Continues Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in an article on the growing number of states that have introduced proposals requiring drug testing for welfare applicants.
- Aug 02, 2015 | Digital Journal Op-Ed: Kansas Limits ATM Withdrawals to $25 for Welfare Recipients Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in an article on Kansas' recent decision to institute a $25 limit on ATM withdrawals by welfare recipients.
- Jul 23, 2015 | Talk Poverty Talk Poverty Podcast: Big Fat Greek Lie Liz Ben-Ishai is a guest on Talk Poverty's podcast, speaking about work scheduling practices and the Schedules That Work Act.
- Jul 16, 2015 | Campaign for America's Future Obama’s Criminal Justice Reform Push Must Come With Economic Justice Kisha Bird is quoted in this article on criminal justice reform and youth of color. CLASP's annual forum on Boys and Young Men of Color is also referenced.
- Jul 13, 2015 | Bloomberg Hillary Clinton's Jobs Tax Credit Recalls Past Stimulus Tries A CLASP report on tax credits is cited in this article.
- Jul 08, 2015 | NonProfit Quarterly (NPQ) Congress Debates and then Grossly Underfunds Federal Safety-Net Programs Testimony by Olivia Golden at a joint hearing of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture is summarized in this article.
- Jul 06, 2015 | Washington Monthly How to Fix High Poverty High Schools CLASP's report on college readiness in high-poverty high schools is featured in this article.
- Jul 01, 2015 | Think Progress An 'Ugly Policy' Systematically Devalues Poor Children. One State Is Ready To Stop It. Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on welfare family caps.
- Jun 26, 2015 | Human Resources Executive Spreading Eastward? Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article on scheduling ordinances.
- Jun 24, 2015 | Alliance for Excellent Education COURSE, COUNSELOR, AND TEACHER GAPS: Students in High-Poverty Schools Receive Inadequate College Preparation, According to New Study A CLASP report is featured in this article on college preparation for students in high-poverty schools.
- Jun 16, 2015 | Connectivity from CQ Roll Call Could Growing Your Agenda Actually Improve Engagement? CLASP is featured in this article on our anti-poverty agenda and advocacy strategies.
- Jun 10, 2015 | Talk Poverty 10 Solutions to Fight Economic Inequality Olivia Golden offers CLASP's top 10 solutions to address economic inequality.
- Jun 08, 2015 | Oregon Center for Public Policy Concerns Regarding Social Impact Bond Financing of Pay for Prevention, Included in HB 5026, DHS Policy Option Package 090 A CLASP report on social impact bonds (SIBs) is cited in this memo from the Oregon Center for Public Policy to the Subcommittee on Human Services of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in the Oregon State Senate.
- Jun 03, 2015 | Buzzfeed Making Victoria’s Secret Pay For Keeping Staff On Call CLASP is cited in this article on work scheduling practices.
- Jun 03, 2015 | Los Angeles Times Many black adults in educational limbo -- some college credit, but no degree A CLASP report on growth in the number of older college students is cited in this article on college degree attainment for black adults in California.
- May 21, 2015 | Business Insider People are outraged about a Kansas law critics call a ‘tax on the poor’ Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on Kansas welfare law.
- May 20, 2015 | Slate Bernie Sanders Wants to Make College Tuition Free. Here’s Why We Should Take Him Seriously. A CLASP report on higher education tax reform is cited in this article on reducing college tuition.
- May 15, 2015 | The New Republic Child Care Isn't Just a Personal Problem. It's an Economic One, Too. Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article on subsidizing day care for millions of American families.
- May 08, 2015 | Fortune What Every Working Mom (and Dad) Needs on the Job CLASP and CEPR's turnover calculator is the focus of this article on paid family and medical leave.
- Apr 29, 2015 | Forbes The Neglected Majority: What Americans Without A College Degree Think About Higher Education, Part 1 The Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP is cited in this article on higher education and non traditional students.
- Apr 21, 2015 | RH Reality Check Kansas Governor Takes ‘Punitive’ Action Against State Welfare Recipients Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on new welfare law in Kansas.
- Apr 17, 2015 | Al Jazeera America New Kansas welfare spending law is 'tax on the poor' Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on the new Kansas welfare law, which limits ATM cash withdrawals of benefits to $25.
- Apr 15, 2015 | The Nation If You Quit Your Job to Care For a Loved One, You Could Qualify for Unemployment Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this piece on unemployment insurance, which also cites a report by CLASP, NELP and AARP.
- Apr 13, 2015 | C-SPAN Washington Journal Proposed Restrictions for Welfare Recipients Olivia Golden talked about recent state-level efforts to tighten restrictions for how food stamp and other welfare recipients can use their benefits.
- Apr 10, 2015 | POLITICO Morning Education: Report Roll Call A CLASP report on implementing the reauthorized Child Care and Development Block Grant is referenced in Politico's round-up.
- Apr 10, 2015 | Talk Radio News Service News Desk: Caregivers often don’t receive jobless aid A CLASP Report on unemployment insurance benefits and workers who lose their job after staying home to care for an older, disabled or sick family member is quoted in this news round up.
- Apr 08, 2015 | UPI Kansas Welfare Bill Would Limit ATM Withdrawals to $25 a Day Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about a welfare-restrictions bill in Kansas.
- Apr 07, 2015 | The Guardian Kansas Bill to Limit Welfare Recipients' Leisure Spending Criticised Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about a welfare-restrictions bill in Kansas.
- Apr 02, 2015 | Birth to Thrive Blog Good Home Visiting News and Analysis of Educare, Early Learning Work and Full-Day K An in-focus post by Stephanie Schmit on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is cited in this news roundup.
- Mar 20, 2015 | State of Opportunity What's One Group that Can Have a Huge Influence on Poverty Policy? Business Leaders. CLASP's audio conference series on job scheduling is mentioned in this article on the Oregon Business Council's poverty reduction agenda.
- Mar 18, 2015 | The Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Provide Every American Worker With Paid Leave Olivia Golden is quoted in the press release from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office on the introduction of the FAMILY Act.
- Mar 17, 2015 | Washington Post Op-Ed: I’m a single mother by choice. One parent can be better than two. A CLASP Report on financial insecurity and the effects of family structure on childhood well-being is cited in this Washington Post op-ed.
- Mar 10, 2015 | Spark Action African American Schools Need Access to Qualified Teachers, School Counselors, Rigorous Coursework A post by Andrew Mulinge on college readiness for African American students is reprinted in SparkAction.
- Feb 26, 2015 | Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity President Obama’s Budget: A Two-Generational Investment Strategy Commentary by Olivia Golden was published in Spotlight on Poverty in Opportunity.
- Feb 24, 2015 | The Record Conference Preps Workforce Development Groups for New Law Kisha Bird's speech at the Northeast Regional Youth Academy is referenced in this article.
- Feb 26, 2015 | Think Progress What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than $1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this report on drug testing welfare applicants.
- Feb 18, 2015 | The Pump Handle DeLauro and Murray re-introduce Healthy Families Act; Philly finally gets paid sick days Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article on paid sick leave and the Healthy Families Act.
- Feb 19, 2015 | Seattle Times Local Tribal Agency Works to Build Parenting Skills CLASP's report on home visiting programs is cited in this article.
- Feb 13, 2015 | 14News Special Report:Taking from the Poor Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on using ATMs to access Temporary Cash Assistance Programs.
- Feb 05, 2015 | Essence President Obama Lays Out Plan for Affordable Child Care for All Families Olivia Golden is quoted in this article on child care tax credits.
- Feb 03, 2015 | Child Care Exchange A Watershed Moment Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article on the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
- Feb 04, 2015 | Al Jazeera America Obama’s Budget Puts Historic Focus on Child Care and Working Families Olivia Golden is quoted in this article on Obama's budget.
- Jan 30, 2015 | Inside Higher Ed Politics of the 529 Plan David Socolow is quoted in this article about higher education tax credits.
- Jan 26, 2015 | Huffington Post Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Backing Down From Food Stamp Fight Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on drug testing food stamp recipients.
- Jan 22, 2015 | TIME Why Obama Wants to Tax College Savings A CLASP Report is cited in this article on the President's proposal to end a tax break on state 529 plans.
- Jan 20, 2015 | Vox Why Obama Wants to Tax College Savings Accounts A CLASP Report done with New America Foundation, Education Trust, and Young Invincibles is cited in this Vox article on college financing.
- Jan 16, 2015 | Governing A Major Flaw in the Welfare Law Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on TANF.
- Jan 09, 2015 | Colorado Public Radio Mesa County Draws Attention With 'Wraparound' Workforce Center Approach David Socolow is quoted in this article on workforce centers.
- Dec 18, 2014 | Bloomberg BNA San Francisco's New Employee Scheduling Law a Bellwether for Retail, Other Industries Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Labor Report on San Francisco's New Scheduling Law. The CLASP Repository on Job Scheduling resources is also cited.
- Dec 27, 2014 | The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Early Childhood Education Clearly Works. Why, Then, Is It Not Made Available to All Who Need It? This op-ed quotes expert Hannah Matthews on Head Start.
- Dec 16, 2014 | The Atlantic In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location is Everything Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article on the cost of center-based services for children, which varies widely throughout the U.S.
- Dec 15, 2014 | Community College Daily Guidance on Public Benefits
- Dec 08, 2014 | 1011 NOW of Lincoln, Nebraska Moms Going Back to School A CLASP Report is cited in this article on parents in degree programs.
- Dec 05, 2014 | The Boston Globe For Those Juggling Multiple Jobs, the Workweek Never Ends Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article on job scheduling and part time jobs.
- Dec 05, 2014 | News-Press of Fort Myers Federal Grant Helps Low-Income Families Get Child Care Hannah Matthews is quoted in an article on the Child Care Development Block Grant.
- Nov 26, 2014 | AAP News At risk in America: Experts weigh in on how to lift children out of poverty, despite recent improvement Jodie Levin-Epstein is quoted in this article on child poverty.
- Nov 26, 2014 | Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio De Blasio Administration Announces Overhaul Of Workforce Development To Focus On Good-Paying Jobs, Skill-Building, And Strengthening New York City’s Economy David Socolow is quoted in this press release from the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio on career pathways.
- Nov 20, 2014 | Diverse Education Advocates Want Public Benefits for Low-Income Students on Table Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article on public benefits for low-income students.
- Nov 24, 2014 | Connected by 25 Access to Education and the Workforce for Formerly Incarcerated Youth A CLASP article on access to education and the workforce for formerly incarcerated youth is reprinted by the Youth Transition Funders Group.
- Nov 18, 2014 | U.S News and World Report Child Care Grant Program to Sail Through Senate A CLASP report is cited in this article on the Senate's passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.
- Nov 17, 2014 | Philly.com First-Year Report Released on City's Plan to Combat Poverty Jodie Levin-Epstein was the keynote speaker at the Uniting to Fight Poverty Summit, at which Shared Prosperity Philidelphia, the city's plan to tackle the city's deep poverty rate, released its first progress report.
- Nov 17, 2014 | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Participation in Subsidized Child Care Drops in Missouri A CLASP Report is cited in this article on child care in Missouri, a state which lost more children than any other state from a federal program that helps working parents pay for child care.
- Nov 13, 2014 | The Chronicle of Higher Education Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses? Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield is quoted in this article on the challenges posed by the high costs of college living expenses.
- Oct 28, 2014 | The Washington Post The Young and the Disconnected: America's Youth Unemployment Problem Kisha Bird is quoted in this article about youth unemployment and why so many young Americans have been left out of the economic recovery.
- Oct 16, 2014 | Washington Post How America's Poor Are Slipping Further Behind Liz Ben-Ishai is quoted in this article on low income America.
- Oct 15, 2014 | The Nation When the Workday Never Really Ends A CLASP Report on the Schedules That Work Act is cited in this article on work schedules.
- Oct 08, 2014 | The Kankakee Daily Journal Editorial: State unemployment rate in need of change This editorial cites a CLASP report on unemployment.
- Oct 01, 2014 | Christian Science Monitor Decline in the US Poverty Rate: What Made it Happen? Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article about the decline in child poverty in 2013.
- Oct 01, 2014 | Huffington Post Predictable Schedules Offer Stability and Regular Pay to Hourly Workers A CLASP Report on unpredictable work schedules is referenced in this article.
- Sep 30, 2014 | The Diane Rehm Show on NPR Single Parenthood and Child Well Being Olivia Golden was a guest on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss the impact of family structure on child well-being.
Sep 26, 2014
| Washington Journal on C-SPAN
Census Report on Poverty
Olivia Golden joined Washington Journal to talk about a recent census report showing 45 million Americans living below the poverty line.
- Sep 24, 2014 | Stateline In Some States, Low Poverty Rate Obscures Deeper Despair Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article on Stateline's analysis of the state-by-state poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sep 18, 2014
| The Daily Beast
The U.S is Losing a Generation to Poverty
Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Olivia Golden are quoted in this article about the United States Census Bureau release of the poverty data for the year 2013. The poverty numbers show the first significant decline in poverty since the recession hit, but still remain higher than they were before the recession.
- Sep 18, 2014 | International Business Times As Congress Aims To Improve Child Care, Low-Income Families Still Grapple with Access Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article on Child Care access for low-income families. The article also references a CLASP report on Child Care Assistance Spending.
- Sep 17, 2014 | Politico Politico Pro Morning Edition: Child Poverty Improves, but 1 in 5 Still Poor Hannah Matthews is quoted in the Politico Pro morning edition article reporting on the U.S Census Bureau data on income and poverty. The CLASP report on the data is also cited.
- Sep 17, 2014 | The Christian Science Monitor Child Poverty Rate Declines in America for First Time since 2000 Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article about the poverty rate for children in this year's Census Bureau report.
- Sep 17, 2014 | The Washington Post Poverty Dropped but Household Incomes Didn't Rise, Census Bureau says Olivia Golden is quoted in this article examining poverty trends from the Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday.
- Sep 15, 2014 | Politico House Passes Child Care Bill Hannah Matthews is quoted in this article about the House passing a bill to overhaul child care for low-income families. The bill will likely become law before the end of the year.
- Sep 04, 2014 U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Senate Action on Student Loan Debt Crisis and Announces New Legislation to Address Higher Education Affordability David Socolow is quoted in this official press release for the Working Student Act.
- Aug 27, 2014 | Providence Journal On Labor Day, Place a New Order at Starbucks A report by CLASP, the Retail Action Project and Women Employed on unpredictable works schedules is referenced in this article about scheduling changes at Starbucks.
Aug 28, 2014
| The Boston Globe
Aid To Disabled Children Now Outstrips Welfare
Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about the growth of the children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
Aug 21, 2014
| The EvoLLLution
Toward a Two-Generation Approach: Innovative Strategies to Improve Education and Training for Parents
Katherine Saunders and Manuela Ekowo discuss a two-generation approach to poverty, arguing for career pathways and comprehensive financial supports as strategies that provide adult participants who have families the opportunity to climb out of poverty by increasing their access to job training and economic resources.
- Aug 01, 2014 | TalkPoverty.org Something We Can All Get Behind: Subsidized Jobs CLASP’s and CBPP’s report on the TANF Emergency Fund is referenced in this article on subsidized jobs.
- Jul 28, 2014 | The Pump Handle When Schedules Don't Work for Hourly Workers CLASP's analysis of "The Schedules that Work Act" is referenced in another piece on job quality for low-wage workers.
- Jul 31, 2014 | The Nation Poor Parents Need Work-Life Balance Too CLASP's analysis of the federal "Schedules that Work Act" is referenced in this article on job quality for poor parents.
Jul 24, 2014
| Business Insider
'POLICY AND POLITICAL SCHIZOPHRENIA ON STEROIDS': Critics Quickly Blast Paul Ryan's Big Plan To Defeat Poverty
Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this report on Rep. Paul Ryan's poverty plan.
Jul 24, 2014
| Think Progress
Poverty Experts Skeptical That Paul Ryan's Plan Can Actually Reduce Poverty
This article analyzing Rep. Paul Ryan's poverty proposal includes comments from Elizabeth Lower-Basch and excerpt's from Olivia Golden's testimony at the War on Poverty hearings.
- Jul 22, 2014 | 1 Million for Work Flexibility Whose Flexibility? New Legislation Addresses Need for Stable, Predictable Schedules
Jul 10, 2014
| Education Week
Want More Kids to Graduate? Report Suggests Starting with Mom and Dad
CLASP report cited in this story about two-generation approach to poverty.
Jul 10, 2014
| The Chronicle of Higher Education
To Break Cycle of Poverty, Focus on Education of Mothers and Children
The Chronicle of Higher Education cited CLASP's report "Thriving Children, Successful Parents: A Two-Generation Approach to Policy" by Stephanie Schmit, Hannah Matthews, and Olivia Golden.
- Jul 09, 2014 | Washington Post Biggest influence on a child’s education may be the mother’s education CLASP public forum featured in this article about the importance of two-generation approaches to addressing poverty.
Jul 08, 2014
| Huffington Post
The Case for a Guaranteed Minimum Income
Liz Ben-Ishai's work is referenced in this article focusing on income.
Jul 02, 2014
| Western Queens Gazette
Cuomo Signs Gianaris-Aubry Bill To Reform Queens Library
This feature cites CLASP's support of the On-the-Job Training Act of 2014 (H.R. 3971), which is legislation that will help New Yorkers gain employment and receive on-the-job training programs.
- Jun 24, 2014 | Think Progress No, Working Moms are Not Ruining Their Children Hannah Matthews is quoted in this feature investigating the effect of mothers' employment status and income level on their children.
- Jun 24, 2014 | Huffington Post States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans Elizabeth Lower-Basch is quoted in this article about the recent passage of a California bill that will allow people convicted of drug-related felonies to receive welfare and food stamps.
- Jun 17, 2014 | Portland Tribune The Changing Faces of College Graduates CLASP Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success report cited in this article discussing the demographics of students today.
- Jun 10, 2014 | CSPAN Olivia Golden Testimony at the House Budget Committee War on Poverty Hearing Executive Director Olivia Golden testified Tuesday, June 10, at the latest hearing in a series that Chairman Paul Ryan of the House Budget Committee is holding about the War on Poverty.
- Jun 08, 2014 | NWI Times Indiana Ranks Low Among States' Anti-Poverty Programs Jodie Levin-Epstein is quoted in this article discussing the state of the poor in Indiana.
- May 27, 2014 | GOVERNING States Relax Medicaid Eligibility for Former Foster Kids CLASP report cited in this article about how provisions in the ACA are helping older foster youth obtain health care coverage.
May 22, 2014
Does Head Start Work? Wrong Question
Blog posting by Hannah Matthews refuting the misuses and mischaracterizations of Head Start data and describing the successes of the program.
May 21, 2014
| Bangor Daily News
Best Ideas from LePage’s Welfare Consultant Lifted Word-for-Word from Someone Else’s Work
The welfare consultant hired by Gov. Paul LePage through a $925,000 no-bid contract to provide guidance on a subsidized employment program for low-income adults in Maine lifted many of his recommendations directly from a report published jointly by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and CLASP.
- May 19, 2014 | Popular Democracy Use of Employee Scheduling Software Raises Union Concerns About Seniority, Work Hours CLASP report cited in this article about how employee scheduling software impacts workers.
- May 15, 2014 | CNN Money Poorest Poor Left Out of Government Aid CLASP's Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted in this report about who gets public benefits.
- May 12, 2014 | Moms Rising How the ACA Helps Low-Income Parents – and Children – Succeed Posting by CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden.
- May 09, 2014 | GOVERNING Some States Streamline Food Stamp, Medicaid Applications CLASP-sponsored webinar cited in this article about how states are helping eligible people streamline their enrollment in Medicaid and nutrition assistance programs.
- May 07, 2014 | NPQ: Nonprofit Quarterly Social Impact Bonds Not Well Received at Senate Budget Hearing This article about a Senate Budget Committee hearing on social impact bonds refers to a CLASP report on pay-for-success programs.
- May 06, 2014 | Bloomberg View How We Should Talk About Inequality CLASP resources on employees and responsive workplaces linked to in this editorial on economic inequality.
- May 05, 2014 | Moms Rising Moms Know How to Unite Us: Congress Should Follow their Lead and Pass FAMILY Act Posting from Liz Ben-Ishai urging passage of the FAMILY Act.
- May 02, 2014 | Market Place Georgia latest state to drug-test welfare applicants Elizabeth Lower-Basch quoted in this story about how states are using drug testing on applicants and recipients of public benefits.
Apr 22, 2014
| Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania denies 75 percent of welfare applications
The vast majority of applicants for welfare benefits in Pennsylvania are rejected every month, data from the state show, and some blame a 2012 change in state law for sharply increasing the rate at which people are rejected from the program.
States have figured out that by putting requirements up front, they can screen out potential assistance recipients, said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, an expert in state welfare policies at Washington, D.C., think tank CLASP.
Apr 18, 2014
Covering Former Foster Youths
A new report co-authored by experts at CLASP and Urban Institute highlights the influence of states in determining whether former foster youths will be able to access health care.
- Apr 09, 2014 | Associated Press Department of Labor hosting income equality forum Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director of CLASP, will keynote the Atlanta Working Families Forum about income equality and challenges that working families face.
Mar 26, 2014
Another Round of Food Stamp Cuts in States
A fresh round of food stamp cuts at the state level are underway, on top of federal food stamp reductions that hit millions of Americans twice since November. In some states, policymakers have imposed additional cuts that jeopardize benefits for hundreds of thousands
“What happens to an able-bodied adult without dependents that is actively looking and trying to get into the workforce but is unable to?” asked Helly Lee of the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income people. “It’s a downward spiral if you’re unable to find jobs. It’s hard to climb out of it if there are constantly barriers along the way.”
Mar 25, 2014
Can the U.S. House of Representatives Pass a Bipartisan Child-Care Bill?
Olivia Golden, the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, or CLASP, echoed that sentiment. "CCDBG would be strengthened by increasing its focus on health and safety and quality and allowing parents easier and more-sustained access to assistance," she said. The Senate bill would also allow parents to remain eligible for the child-care grants for a full year to ensure continuity of care. Right now, parents must reapply every three to seven months, on average.
Mar 24, 2014
The Leonard Lopate Show: Poverty and the Social Safety Net
For this week’s installment of our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, we discuss the social safety net—welfare, food stamps, unemployment, Medicaid, and other federal programs designed to help people living in poverty. Olivia Golden, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Michael Katz, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the History Department of the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Undeserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation with Poverty, discuss the impact these programs have on poverty and the debates over funding and support for them.
Mar 19, 2014
| Washington Monthly
Pre-K's Wave of the Future
A new approach to financing early education could mean taxpayers lose out if pre-K programs don’t meet specific targets. The plans, called social impact bonds, offer the government a less risky way to fund early intervention services, by collecting upfront costs from private investors and returning their dollars (plus some) if the programs are successful. A new report from the Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP) lays out how social impact bonds generally work and why they’re used—and describes some of the potential downsides to the plan.
Mar 19, 2014
| The Nation
The Tyranny of the On-Call Schedule: Hourly Injustice in Retail Labor
This anxiety of living not just paycheck to paycheck, but hour to hour, is the focus of a new policy brief on the impact of unfair schedules on wage workers. The report, published by the progressive think tank Center for Law and Social Policy, and the worker-advocacy groups Retail Action Project (RAP) and Women Employed, reveals the flipside of the “flexibility” and “dynamism” of 21st century retail: the tyranny of the daily schedule.
Mar 13, 2014
U.S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Child-Care Grant Bill
States would have to pay closer attention to the quality and safety of federally-financed child-care and after-school programs under a bill to make over the multibillion-dollar Child Care and Development Block Grant program, approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate.
Early-childhood education advocates generally support the direction of the bill, but wish that more resources accompanied the new requirements. State spending on child-care assistance, including the CCDBG program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, was at a 10-year low in 2012, and the number of children receiving CCDBG-funded assistance at a 14-year low, according to CLASP.
Mar 13, 2014
| Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report
Low-Wage Workers’ Advocates Recommend Policies That Curb Erratic Work Schedules
Liz Ben-Ishai, a policy analyst at CLASP, told Bloomberg BNA March 11 that although employees have faced such scheduling challenges for some time, ‘‘[w]ith the recovery from the recession, we’re seeing more low-quality jobs that have workers facing these kinds of issues.’’
Mar 10, 2014
Should employees get guaranteed minimum work hours?
While that benefits employers by saving on labor costs during slow periods, the impact on employees can be corrosive, leading to unpredictable earnings and hours, according to a new report from the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Retail Action Project and Women Employed. With the rise in part-time workers, more Americans are now finding themselves subject to seemingly whimsical work patterns.
Mar 08, 2014
| The Sacramento Bee
Higher-income students get more public money for their education
"We might be sympathetic to those upper-income folks who are struggling with what are - yes - extremely expensive private colleges," said Julie Strawn, a former senior fellow at the Center for Law and Social Policy, which advocates for greater access to college for the poor. "But do the tax credits really need to go to the wealthiest fifth of American households, which is what's happening now?"
Mar 05, 2014
The Massive Policy Failure That Paul Ryan Wants To Emulate
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday released a sweeping audit of the country’s anti-poverty programs, seeking to put his stamp on a second round of welfare reform.
“Fundamentally, a block grant means if states let caseloads rise, they need to cut somewhere else, which is really politically hard for a state legislature,” Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator and senior policy analyst at CLASP, added.
Mar 05, 2014
| Diane Rehm Show NPR
The Diane Rehm Show: The Political Divide Over How Best To Reduce Poverty
In his 2015 budget, President Barack Obama calls for expanding tax breaks for low-income workers. Republicans are pushing welfare reform and an overhaul of social programs. Debate over government efforts to reduce poverty.
Mar 06, 2014
Isaiah J. Poole: Paul Ryan Misses Top Reason We Haven't 'Won' The War On Poverty
Ryan's report "doesn't say anything about low-wage work, which is the thing that has changed the most in the past 50 years: that people can be working and still be quite low income," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy, an expert on public assistance programs.
Mar 04, 2014
| Stevens Point Journal Media
Letter: Here's what Head Start can do for kids
An Oct. 2013 report by the advocacy group CLASP found that 91 percent of Head Start children and 85 percent of Early Head Start children received a medical screening. Nearly 12 percent had a disability (13 percent in Early Head Start), with 45 percent diagnosed after enrollment! Early intervention and services are simply invaluable.
Feb 27, 2014
| Diane Rehm Show NPR
The Diane Rehm Show: Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward
CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden sits down with Diane Rehm and two other panelists to discuss Jesmyn Ward's book, Salvage the Bones.
Feb 25, 2014
Help for Families Who Can't Afford Childcare Hits Decade Low
Spending on childcare assistance last year fell to the lowest level since 2002, according to a report from the policy organization CLASP.
One factor that the CLASP report points to is the lapse of extra childcare funding that was included in the 2009 stimulus bill. Another is that the federal block grant to TANF — a fixed amount of money given to states each year — hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since it was created in 1996. It “thus has lost about one-third of its value,” the report notes. In the first few years after that change, the amount of funding directed to childcare grew from less than $300 million to a high of $4 billion in 2000, but it has declined since and was just $2.6 billion last year.
Feb 25, 2014
| Huffington Post
A Living Wage is an Equal Voice
On Jan. 28, President Obama ignited a long-standing debate amongst political parties with his State of the Union call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The controversy that followed was as predictable as it was irrelevant to those with the most at stake: the low-wage working poor. Pundits and commentators fell into two camps: Is raising the wage floor good for the economy or bad for the economy?
A recent article by Jodie Levin-Epstein, in Spotlight on Poverty, 2014 Poverty Polling Pulling Purple, reported that a USA Today/Pew Research Center poll found that nearly two-thirds of Republicans (64 percent) and more than nine out of 10 Democrats (94 percent) believe government should take action to reduce poverty; and that a majority of both Republicans (53 percent) and Democrats (90 percent), support raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
Feb 24, 2014
NEA Pres Slams 'Stupid' Tests - Can Colleges Be Rated Like Cookies? - NGA Tackles Education - Indiana's Standards Rewrite
State spending on child care assistance has fallen to new lows, according to an analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy, or CLASP. Spending within the Child Care and Development Block Grant is at its lowest level since 2002. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds used for child care is at its lowest since 1998.
Feb 05, 2014
| Next Avenue
The Family Leave Law is Failing Family Caregivers
It’s unpaid, which often makes taking a leave financially impossible. That’s the number one reason people don’t take family and medical leave, says Ness. “For many workers, taking an unpaid leave is not a viable option,” says Liz-Ben-Ishai, policy analyst at CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy). Only 12 percent of private-sector workers have paid family leave.
Feb 06, 2014
FMLA at Twenty-One: Let's Blow Out the Candles and Get to Work
The FMLA provides some workers with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a new baby, tend to a sick family member, or recover from one’s own illness. Having access to this type of leave has enabled many workers to take the leave they need without worrying about the security of their jobs. Yet, many others are excluded from the law.
Jan 30, 2014
Minnesota Legislators Challenge State Welfare Drug Tests
A 2011 survey by Rasmussen Reports, for example, found that 70 percent of likely voters said welfare recipients found to be using illegal drugs should have their benefits cut off. "It resonates with people's stereotype of welfare recipients taking advantage of the system," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) in Washington.
Jan 30, 2014
Uneven Gains for States After 50 Years of the War on Poverty
Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, called the success in fighting poverty among the elderly a “big, unquestioned accomplishment” of the War on Poverty, while noting that much of the effort has come at the federal level. Help for younger demographic groups, however, tends to come at the state level, she said, and because of that the progress from 1959 to today is more mixed.
Jan 27, 2014
| Employment and Training Reporter
Clock is ticking For States to Seek Federal Work Sharing Aid
Recently, CLASP and the National Employment Law Project organized a summit to tackle the nation’s pressing unemployment issues through “work sharing.” Work sharing “entails state unemployment insurance programs providing prorated benefits to workers whose hours are reduced as their employers try to avoid a layoff.”
At the start of this year, 26 states and the District of Columbia were implementing work sharing programs, according to Neil Ridley, a senior policy analyst at CLASP.
- Jan 27, 2014 | C-SPAN Head Start Funding CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden sits down with the Washington Journal to discuss Head Start and what it means to the American people.
Jan 26, 2014
| The New York Times
Despite Business Fears, Sick-Day Laws Like New York's Work Well Elsewhere
Already, four municipalities and the State of Connecticut have implemented paid sick-leave laws. Assessments of the programs in San Francisco, Washington and Seattle — the cities whose plans most closely resemble New York’s — indicate that the new policies have taken effect without harming local economies, touching off an exodus of businesses or being abused by workers.
Jan 16, 2014
| The Hechinger Report
ANALYSIS: Real-world trends clash with promises made at White House summit
It’s not only college financial aid that has been moving to higher-income rather than lower-income students. So have some federal financial aid and tax breaks, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which Obama signed into law.That credit, combined with several other tax credits and deductions, now account for nearly $34 billion annually, or more than the federal government spends on Pell Grants for low-income students. And more than a third of the money goes to the wealthiest fifth of American households, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy. Fifty-seven percent of the tuition tax deduction alone goes to families earning more than $100,000, which saved an average of $500 apiece, while only 12 percent of families that made under $50,000 got the tax deduction, saving $220 to $320 apiece.
Jan 14, 2014
Maine Struggles with Welfare Misuse at ATMs
Maine public officials may learn that it is difficult to completely prevent the types of transactions restricted by federal and state law. "Mostly what the [data] highlight is how hard these rules are to implement," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).
Last week Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced that some state residents have been withdrawing welfare money from ATMs located in liquor stores and other restricted places. The revelations come at a time when states across the country are trying to comply with a 2012 federal law that restricts how welfare recipients spend public money through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Jan 13, 2014
| Portland Press Herald
Rooting out EBT fraud more complex than it seems
“It’s obviously a very tiny dollar amount compared to the amount that people receive,” said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a left-leaning organization active on poverty issues. “Some people say any amount is too much, ... but I think the challenge is the amount of time and money that is going to be spent, is that disproportionate? And in this case, I think it is.”
Mainers use EBT cards to make roughly 50,000 transactions every month. Media reports and critics of the LePage administration’s welfare reform agenda pointed out that the 3,700 transactions highlighted in the governor’s report would constitute just two-tenths of 1 percent of all transactions during that period.
- Jan 07, 2014 | Al Jazeera America "Inside Story": 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty CLASP Executive Director Olivia Golden spoke with Ray Suarez, host of “Inside Story” on Al Jazeera America, about successes and failures in the war on poverty and where we go from here.
Dec 21, 2013
| The Tucson Sentinel
Why no literacy programs for 30 million in U.S.?
Marcie Weadon-Moreno Foster, public policy chair for the National Coalition for Literacy and a policy analyst at CLASP, an anti-poverty group, said that out of the 36 million adults with the lowest skills, only about 5 percent have gained access to education programs. In other words, about 34 million have not gained access. There are waiting lists for such programs in all but one state, some stretching to a year's time and hundreds of thousands of people. "The number one issue is that we're simply not providing the resources that we need to serve the students that we need to serve," Foster said.
Dec 20, 2013
| Ms. Magazine
While Holiday Shopping, Think of the Retail Workers
We need more low-wage employers to follow in the footsteps of Costco, Trader Joe's and QuickTrip, so Women Employed is partnering with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Retail Action Project (RAP) to work on policy solutions that will help low-paid workers enjoy stable schedules and predictable paychecks. Stay tuned for a policy brief to be released early in 2014.
- Dec 16, 2013 | The Nation. This Week in Poverty: Signing Off Nearly two years ago, TheNation.com launched This Week in Poverty as a way to keep the issue of poverty-and what we can do about it-front and center for our readers. We felt that poverty was largely ignored by the mainstream media, with the exception of every September, when the new Census Bureau statistics were published. In contrast, as the oldest political weekly magazine in the country-founded by abolitionists in 1865-The Nation has poverty coverage in its DNA. It's been a great privilege to be a part of that coverage on a weekly basis.
- Dec 16, 2013 | The American Prospect The Year in Preview: Paul Ryan's Misguided Poverty Plan For some, this activism is a welcome relief. The forces that have led to the rise in poverty we see today are at least 40 years old, but no one has gotten mad until now. "I'm always shocked at the use of the word of 'entitled,' because I'm shocked people don't get entitled," says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst at CLASP, a DC-based nonprofit seeking to improve the lives of low-income people. "We're hearing stories of health care now, with the Affordable Care Act, and people are going to the doctor for first time in 25 years," she says. "How are they not outraged? I think it's shocking how much we've come to accept this is the way things work."
- Dec 15, 2013 | Star Tribune Drug Tests of Welfare Recipients Prove Costly A new state law designed to prevent drug users from receiving welfare benefits could end up costing taxpayers far more than it saves, while inadvertently denying assistance to poor families simply because they are unable to comply with its complex paperwork. Like a recent wave of drug-testing laws passed in other states, Minnesota's legislation was touted as a way to encourage greater responsibility among welfare recipients while saving taxpayers money.
- Dec 14, 2013 | Alaska Business Monthly Senate, House Introduce Family and Medical Leave Insurance Legislation Few employers offer paid family and medical leave to their employees. Only 12 percent of private sector workers currently have paid family leave, and fewer than 40 percent have access to disability insurance for personal medical leave. For them, taking time off to care for themselves or their families results in lost wages or even lost jobs. "Lack of paid leave has devastating consequences for families, businesses, and the economy," said Liz Ben-Ishai, policy analyst at CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy). "The FAMILY Act will help workers maintain their wages even when they need to take leave; it will help employers avoid the high costs of turnover; and it will boost the economy, with more workers earning income to spend in their communities ."
- Dec 13, 2013 | Think Progress The Source Of Federal College Financial Aid That Mostly Benefits The Wealthy The students from the most well off families receive the most tax-based federal college financial aid, which has become a big piece of the federal aid pie, according to a recent report from The Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) Consortium for Higher Education Tax Reform.
- Dec 12, 2013 | Mom'sRising.org Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law Would Help Employers Do Good and Do Well #FAMILYAct When fast food workers bravely took to the streets in September to protest the unlivable wages that many earn, the media shone a spotlight on the exploitative and unsustainable practices of some large employers. But while these unscrupulous businesses deserve all the attention they are getting, they don't represent the majority of business owners. In fact, many workers are lucky enough to work for businesses that truly care about them-businesses that know the value of their employees and want to do what's right for them, including ensuring access to paid leave.
Dec 12, 2013
| YES! Magazine
Only 4 Percent of the Lowest-Wage Workers Get Paid Family Leave: Could a New Law Change This?
"Our employees are like family." It's a sentiment employers often espouse- and some readers may dismiss it as a cliche: After all, many U.S. workers- particularly lower-wage workers- face dismal conditions, especially when it comes to policies that help them care for their families.
- Dec 11, 2013 | Mother Jones Most Tax-Based College Aid Goes to the Least Needy Families The federal government helps to make college affordable in a number of ways, from low-interest student loans to grants for low-income students. It also offers a host of lesser known subsidies for higher education through the tax code, by way of such things as 529 tax-free college savings plans and exemptions for loan interest and college expenses- expenditures that don't show up as a budget line item the same way Pell Grants do. A new report from the Consortium of Higher Education Tax Reform suggests these tax credits aren't doing much to increase the number of low-income families who send kids to college. Instead, they're subsidies to the 20 percent of American households making more than $100,000 a year- people who would send their kids to college even without a 529 plan.
- Dec 08, 2013 | The Chronicle of Philanthropy Anniversary of Poverty Speech Renews Battle Over Helping the Poor Many advocates agree that the fight against poverty today must be a different animal than the one President Johnson waged in the 1960s, because the economy has changed. It does not bounce back as quickly from recessions, wages have stagnated, unemployment is high, and far more women work. "There will be a battle about the War on Poverty and what it achieved and did not achieve," says Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director of the Center for Law and Social Policy. "The bigger battle should be around solutions that address the poverty of today."
- Dec 04, 2013 | Bloomberg Teens Chasing Scarce U.S. Jobs Boosted by State Programs "These young people will be a decade or more behind, compared to the previous generation, because they won't have early work experience," said Kisha Bird, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington-based policy group focused on low-income Americans. "They have limited skills, they're not enrolled in school and they don't have basic credentials."
- Dec 04, 2013 | Center for American Progress Real Family Values: Paid Family Leave The lack of universal family leave is an affront to these values, perpetuating injustice and disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable in our society. While the FMLA granted millions of Americans access to unpaid family leave, about 40 percent of U.S. workers still do not qualify for the benefits of the law. Worse, the Department of Labor reports that nearly half of workers who qualify for unpaid family leave cannot afford to take the time off, and two-thirds of those who did take leave said that it hurt their family financially. In addition, although wealthier families are better able to shoulder lost wages while taking unpaid leave by relying on other forms of income such as extensive savings or financially leaning on a spouse with high income, a 2013 Center for Law and Social Policy analysis found that poorer families often saw their incomes vanish while taking time off to care for loved ones. The study also reported that 54 percent of workers earning less than the median national family income reported losing all of their income while taking unpaid leave.
- Nov 27, 2013 | Think Progress The Majority Of Eligible Preschoolers Aren't Enrolled In Head Start Just 42 percent of eligible low-income preschoolers are actually served by Head Start and less than 4 percent are in Early Head Start, according to a recent report from CLASP. Meanwhile, only about a quarter of low-income families with children under the age of six who are eligible to get childcare subsidies actually receive them.
- Nov 26, 2013 | Education Week Only 42 Percent of Eligible Children Participate in Head Start Despite funding increases for Head Start over the past six years, only 42 percent of eligible children are now served, and just 4 percent of those eligible are served by Early Head Start, a report by the New York-based National Center for Children in Poverty and the Washington-based Center for Law and Social Policy states.
- Nov 26, 2013 | The CT Mirror CT One of Four States Meeting Head Start Quality Benchmarks Only four states require their Head Start preschool programs to meet certain benchmarks recommended by child experts: keeping class sizes under 20 students, and below eight students for infant classrooms; and keeping certain adult-to-child ratios. According to a report released this month by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the National Center for Children in Poverty, Connecticut is one of these states, along with North Dakota, Oregon and Vermont.
- Nov 25, 2013 | Mint Press News A Time To Examine America's Skills America finds itself in a quandary. According to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), not only is the skill level of the American working populace slipping compared with the international market, but the nation's collective skill level is also significantly beneath where it should be to maintain competitiveness.
- Nov 22, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education Coalition Calls for Refocusing Tuition Tax Breaks on Neediest Families A coalition of groups is calling on Congress to streamline the higher-education tax benefits and to refocus them on low- and moderate-income students.
- Nov 12, 2013 | The New York Times Encouraging Paid Employment Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy provided a broad overview of positive employment incentives in her testimony before a congressional committee last year. She noted that studies of the impact of the earned-income tax credit revealed a far stronger effect encouraging low-income parents to enter employment in the first place than its phaseout (the decline in benefit levels as earnings increase past a certain point) has in reducing work effort.
- Nov 07, 2013 | MinnPost Turning Minnesota's Job-Skills Gap into an Opportunity for Low-Income Families The event with a tongue-tripping name - "Strengthening Your Career Pathway Systems: Tools, Tips and Tactics" - is hosted by Greater Twin Cities United Way and sponsored by the Washington D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).
- Oct 25, 2013 | CNN Money Cut to Food Stamps Coming Next Friday "It's hard to imagine anything that could stop this happening in a week," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator at CLASP, an advocacy group for the poor. "There are studies that this really did help people buy slightly higher quality food."
Oct 23, 2013
| We News
San Francisco's New Workplace Law Signals a Shift
The family friendly ordinance passed this month gives workers with caregiving responsibilities the right to request changes to their working conditions, including requests for predictable scheduling. A similar law was also passed in Vermont.
- Oct 18, 2013 | Politico Let the budget bickering begin - The First Five Years Fund - Short term solutions just aren't cutting it Coaching college students individually boosts student persistence and completion http://bit.ly/H3xKYr; the National Center for Education Statistics follows up on the education expectations of a group of high school students http://1.usa.gov/19U1Yay; and The Center for Law and Social Policy has two new fact sheets based on the last Head Start Program Information Report http://bit.ly/19btQ8Y
- Oct 17, 2013 | WJTV Majority of NC Representatives Voted in Favor of Ending Shutdown According to officials with the Center for Law and Social Policy, North Carolina was the only state in the country that suspended processing Work First applications and limited child care assistance in response to the government shutdown.
- Oct 17, 2013 | Think Progress Not Everything Is Back To Normal Now That The Shutdown Is Over And while North Carolina stopped processing new applications for its state welfare program, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator at CLASP, thinks that the backlog will be small enough that it shouldn't cause any problems. For the other state programs, the resumption in federal funding should be automatic. There may be some people who have been confused about conflicting information about whether state welfare and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs have been funded who "may just throw up their hands at some point," she said, although "my guess is that's not a huge effect."
- Oct 15, 2013 | The Charlotte Observer Another N.C. Threat to Program for Poor North Carolina is one of only a few states to announce that TANF benefits would stop in November, said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst for the Washington-based advocacy agency CLASP. A handful of other states have suggested that assistance programs in general could be threatened if the shutdown continued that long. North Carolina, however, is the only state Lower-Basch has found that's stopped processing TANF applications. That's problematic, she said, because the longer the shutdown continues, the longer those applicants will see critical benefits delayed.
- Oct 15, 2013 | The Charlotte Observer NC Counties Told to Hold Work First Applications "It just means people will have to wait longer for benefits," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst for CLASP, a Washington-based group advocating for policies to help the poor. She said her group wasn't aware of any other state deciding to stop processing applications.
- Oct 14, 2013 | The Takeaway Big Changes Coming to the GED Big changes are on the way for the GED, also known as the General Educational Development Certificate. Thirty million adults in the U.S. are without a high school degree, and 700,000 of them take the GED test every year. Two new competitors will begin offering high school equivalency testing in January and the GED itself will no longer be a pen and paper exam, but a computer-based system. What do all of these changes mean for those seeking a high school equivalency degree? Marci Foster, a policy analyst at the Center for Law And Social Policy, explains.
- Oct 10, 2013 | Chronicle of Higher Education Students Are in Cross Hairs of Dueling Messages on New Health Care Options Many students who don't have health insurance would probably qualify for marketplace subsidies or the expansion of Medicaid, said Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, or Clasp, an advocacy group for low-income people. In 2011 the group started the program Benefits Access for College Completion to help connect students with public benefits.
- Oct 10, 2013 | ThinkProgress Child Care Subsidies Jeopardized By The Shutdown Because the block grant that funds these subsidies allows states to spend the money over several years, "most states have prior year funds they can rely on right now," Hannah Matthews, director of child care and early education at CLASP, told ThinkProgress.
- Oct 09, 2013 | Education Week Answering Your Shutdown Questions More on how the shutdown is impacting programs related to children in this great blog post from the smart folks at CLASP, an advocacy group.
- Oct 08, 2013 | The Atlantic The GED Test Is About to Get Much Harder, and Much More Expensive "It is synonymous with a high-school equivalency for most adult education students," says Marci Foster, a policy analyst at CLASP, a nonprofit that advocates for low-income people. "They know the acronym. It has a lot of resonance."
- Oct 06, 2013 | Miami Herald (and Associated Press) Ariz. only state cutting welfare in govt shutdown Pavetti and Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, said they aren't aware of any other states that have failed to make welfare payments because of the shutdown.
- Oct 04, 2013 | The American Prospect America's Neediest Families Are About to Run Out of Money "States are in different places about their capacity and their willingness to step forward in order to mitigate the effects," says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy coordinator at CLASP in Washington, D.C., an organization that develops policies meant to improve the lives of low-income families.
- Oct 04, 2013 | AZ Central Experts: Arizona only state to halt welfare checks during shutdown Pavette and Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, said they aren't aware of any other states that have failed to make welfare payments because of the shutdown. States are allowed to use contingency funding or move money around to fund the cash-assistance payments, and other states have done so. In a letter to state welfare directors this week, federal officials said states would be reimbursed once the budget impasse is resolved.
- Oct 04, 2013 | Time Magazine Poor Families Taking a Hit From Government Shutdown Hannah Matthews, the director of Child Care and Early Education for CLASP, a D.C. based advocacy organization, says at a time when programs are already operating at marginal levels, the shutdown could cause lasting damage. "Right now we don't have the means to support critical developments in quality and professional development," Matthews said. "That could have a larger impact on how we improve early childhood care in the future."
- Oct 02, 2013 | MSN Living How the Government Shutdown Affects You and Your Baby Policy analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch from CLASP said in an email to the Huffington Post on Saturday that, "States can probably shelter families receiving WIC from the effects of a shutdown for a short period, but it could be a real problem if it lasts more than a few days."
- Oct 01, 2013 | The Miami Herald George Sheldon to Leave Obama Admin and Return to Florida Prior to his service with ACF, Mark directed the Georgetown University Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, and was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and CLASP.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Think Progress The Other Deadline Congress Missed: Welfare Just Lapsed According to the advocacy organization CLASP, states have funds that they can use to cover the cash assistance and other programs until the block grant is reauthorized. "In practice, there's nothing that should stop the benefits from going out," Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator at CLASP, told ThinkProgress. Most actually float the money, paying out benefits and then requesting the money from the federal government afterward.
- Oct 01, 2013 | The Huffington Post 9 Ways The Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Health "States can probably shelter families receiving WIC from the effects of a shutdown for a short period, but it could be a real problem if it lasts more than a few days," policy analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch of CLASP told HuffPost's Arthur Delaney.
- Oct 01, 2013 | Financial Times Poorer Families Suffer Most as Cuts Put Holes in Anti-Poverty Safety Net (Video) "We know that high-quality programmes prepare children to enter school ready to be successful and also have long-term effects, [such as] increased earnings and increased employment," said Hannah Matthews, director of childcare and early education at the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Sep 30, 2013 | The Huffington Post Government Shutdown Is Bad News For Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program "States can probably shelter families receiving WIC from the effects of a shutdown for a short period, but it could be a real problem if it lasts more than a few days," policy analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch of CLASP said in an email Saturday.
- Sep 24, 2013 | The Anniston Star Poverty Commission to Lose State Funding Oct. 1: Task Force Has Had Few Victories in Legislature "We should refuse to accept the perception that Alabama is always going to be poor," said Jodie Levin-Epstein, director of the D.C.-based Center for Law and Social Policy, in an address to the commission in 2010. The Associated Press reported on that address. In 2010, Levin-Epstein urged the commission to set up specific goals to strive for in eliminating poverty. Several other states with anti-poverty commissions have pledged to cut child poverty in half, usually giving themselves five to 10 years to reach that target.
Sep 24, 2013
Poverty Rates Remain Stubbornly High in Big Cities
The federal government and its state counterparts have a bigger influence over reducing poverty than cities or towns, says Olivia Golden, executive director of CLASP. Nonetheless, she notes that a handful of local governments have helped by increasing the minimum wage and by requiring that businesses offer paid sick days. In the past decade, cities have also partnered with banks and nonprofits to help low-income residents save money for large assets, such as a home, car or college tuition for their kids.
- Sep 23, 2013 | Youth Today Taking Food from the Mouths of Children A coincidence of timing last week highlighted the contrast between the needs of hungry families in America and the political will in Washington to help them. On Tuesday, the U.S. Census reported that in 2012, 15 percent of people in America, and 21.9 percent of children, had household income that put them below the official poverty line. On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for a bill, H.R. 3102, that would deny nutritional assistance to millions of individuals and cut benefits for others.
- Sep 20, 2013 | The Nation This Week in Poverty: New Data, Same Story (and Same Dangerous House Republicans) "In the past year the kinds of distortions and misstatements that characterize the arguments against the public policy that we have are even more troubling than they were before," said Edelman, author of So Rich, So Poor: Why it's So Hard to End Poverty in America. "Because now for example, there is a significant number of people who want to characterize food stamps as being something that keeps people from looking for jobs-a totally made up thing. It's such a gross distortion."
- Sep 20, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal Community Colleges Try to Revamp Image to Keep Students "There are lots of ways students fall through the cracks," said Ms. Mannes. "We're not meant to be social-service agencies, but we're meant to find whatever ways we can to help our students get to the finish line." Her organization has joined with the Center for Law and Social Policy in a pilot program called Benefits Access for College Completion, a three-year program to guide students to services, such as subsidies for food and housing, that they might otherwise miss. Five foundations chipped in nearly $5 million for the project.
- Sep 19, 2013 | The Huffington Post The Children Are Still Poor in America Since the early part of the decade, the number of young children -- those from birth to five years of age -- living in poverty in the United States has been climbing. While that number held steady in 2012, according to data released today from the U.S. Census, the poverty report is far from good news.
- Sep 19, 2013 | MSNBC Fighting for Food Stamps Elizabeth Lower-Basch talks with MSNBC about the upcoming GOP vote that would cut food assistance to millions of struggling Americans.
- Sep 17, 2013 | The Huffington Post Food Stamps Kept 4 Million Out Of Poverty In 2012 "This report shows that SNAP is working as an anti-poverty program as well as a nutrition program," Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an email. "It also shows that a key reason that the number of people receiving SNAP benefits has not declined since the official end of the recession is that the economy did not actually improve for most low- and medium-income households."
- Sep 12, 2013 | The Republic Welfare ATM Use Raising Questions Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator with nonpartisan CLASP, said that although welfare recipients spending their money in strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores makes eye-catching headlines and popular politics, in reality, it represents a "very tiny, tiny percentage" of TANF spending.
- Sep 12, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education Second Round of Gates Project Aims for 'Convergence' of Financial Aid Reforms The Chronicle on Higher Education cites CLASP as the leader of the tax credit consortium and as a participant in two other consortia in an effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore ideas to use financial aid to improve student performance.
Sep 09, 2013
| CQ Weekly
On the Move: Olivia Golden
CLASP has named its new executive director: Olivia Golden, an expert on family welfare issues for 35 years whose former jobs include directing state and local social service agencies and serving as a presidential appointee in the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration.
- Sep 04, 2013 | The New Orleans Times-Picayune Report Says Louisianans Needs Better Skills, Higher Wages to Lessen Dependence on State, Federal Aid "This state profile is really a way to show that are many different type of workers out there that can benefit from better skills and better wages," Marcie Foster, a policy analyst at CLASP said, adding this includes workers currently in the workforce but living on poverty wages and struggling to get by.
- Sep 03, 2013 | Community College Week A Helping Hand: Pilot Programs Links Needy Students To Public Benefits "This is not about building dependence," said Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, senior policy analyst for CLASP. "It's about building independence. It's short-term assistance for long-term gain."
- Sep 03, 2013 | AARP Saving Jobs in Hard Times Work-share programs are not as common in the United States as they are in some countries. Germany, for example, which has used work sharing extensively according to a recent publication from the International Labor Organization, weathered the recession seeing far less impact on its unemployment rate than the U.S. did. A great deal of credit for this outcome has been attributed to the country's work-share program.
- Aug 20, 2013 | The Huffington Post Sharing Work When Times Are Tough Work sharing requires amending state unemployment insurance laws, but once that has been done, a program can be easy to implement. The decision to use work sharing is up to an employer. Work sharing won't work for all types of jobs and, by itself, will not keep all firms from going under -- some just might not survive a downturn. However, in the last recession, some states found that work sharing did help save jobs -- an estimated 166,000 jobs in 2009 alone, as reported by CLASP and the National Employment Law Project
- Aug 16, 2013 | AlterNet 5 Ways States Are Screwing the Poor By Making Welfare Almost Impossible to Get As Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator for CLASP told AlterNet, "Some states' TANF policies are driven by this ideology that people are poor because they're making bad choices, that they're bad people, and thus we need to force them to shape up. It doesn't recognize the real world people live in."
Aug 13, 2013
| Moms Rising
When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women's Economic Security and Small Business Success
Policies that improve access to childcare, enable workers to care for themselves and their families without risking job or wage loss, and ensure that women are paid fairly are crucial for small business success, said Velasquez, particularly for woman-owned businesses. Amidst critiques of such policies from some large corporations, Velasquez's speech shed light on the truth: women, small businesses, and the economy in general all benefit from family and woman-friendly economic and social policies.
- Jul 23, 2013 | USA Today GED Test Going Digital at Nearly Double the Cost "While $120 may not seem like a lot to some of us, it represents a significant portion of student wages who are in this population," said Marcie Foster, a workforce development policy analyst at CLASP. "We're talking about students who don't have secondary school credentials."
- Jul 18, 2013 | Think Progress New Class of Businesses Look to Boost Support for Pro-Worker Policies A new class of businesses called benefit corporations are creating a space for job quality advocacy in the business community - a space which is much needed in light of their long-term opposition to workplace policies, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC ). David Levine, the Co-Founder and CEO of ASBC, explained in an online informational meeting earlier this week that the two organizations hope to frame a business-oriented case for pro-worker reform in order to add business talking points and case studies to the dialogue
- Jul 10, 2013 | Inside Higher Ed Short-Term Help, Lasting Payoff After being laid off from her job in 2005, Sarah Young waited for hours at a local health and family services agency, where she planned to apply for public benefits. Young said she was treated rudely and then turned away. She returned to the same agency the next day and was greeted by a woman who slid a card across her desk. It read: Gateway Community and Technical College. At first, Young wasn't interested, but two weeks later she enrolled at the Kentucky institution.
- Jul 01, 2013 | The Huffington Post How Food Stamp Resentment Feeds Crabby Conservatism Elizabeth Lower-Basch, an analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, noted the secondhand nature of many of the anecdotes. "It's definitely a meme. You hear it a lot," Lower-Basch said. "There's a lot of a-friend-told-me-she-saw type stories. I'm not going to tell you there aren't cases of people making lousy choices, but they are far more visible in the public imagination."
- Jun 26, 2013 | The Huffington Post Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families Last week, the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill by a 195-234 vote. The bill, which usually enjoys support from both sides of the aisle, was defeated by an unlikely -- and bi-partisan -- coalition of those who opposed the deep cuts of more than $20 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and those who thought that the bill did not go far enough in cutting nutrition programs and agricultural subsidies.
Jun 13, 2013
| The Chronicle of Higher Education
Program Steers Struggling Students to Benefits That Help Them Stay in College
Students fail to finish college for a variety of reasons, but financial pressures appear to be the single largest factor, says Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy. She pointed to a 2009 survey in which 71 percent of young adults who left college cited a need to "go to work and make money" as a reason for doing so.
- Jun 06, 2013 | Education Week New GED Tests Stir Concerns, Draw Competitors For many dropouts, especially those who are too old to return to the public K-12 system, the GED assessment has long been the main route to the high school credential that eluded them.
- May 31, 2013 | The Nation This Week in Poverty: Taking on Sallie Mae and the Cost of Education Greg Kaufmann discusses Sallie Mae and the cost of education.
- May 31, 2013 | The American Prospect A Shredded Safety Net n 1996, the year that Congress passed and Bill Clinton signed welfare reform, fulfilling his campaign pledge to "end welfare as we know it," there were 14.5 million poor children in the United States; 8.5 million children were in families that received cash assistance from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or welfare. Even then, nearly half of poor children were not in families that received welfare.
- May 28, 2013 | Governing Florida, LexisNexis Partner to Combat Public Assistance Fraud Identity fraud in public assistance is "certainly something that you would want to prevent [and] to the extent that you can make online applications more secure, it's a good thing," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy coordinator and senior analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy. "You just need to make sure that it doesn't create burdens for people."
- May 19, 2013 | Post-Gazette Funding for GED Drops, but More Need Diplomas "Nationally, the picture for adult literacy funding has always been dire, but recently it's been getting more so," added Marcie Foster, a policy analyst with CLASP in Washington, D.C., noting that while adult education's funding has remained flat in the past decade, when adjusted for inflation that means a 25 percent cut in purchasing power for providers.
- May 10, 2013 | The Nation This Week in Poverty: Twelve Things You Can Do To FIght Poverty Now Even as the economy recovers, too many unemployed workers and individuals with low education and skill levels face a difficult job market. Nearly two out of five unemployed workers have been jobless for six months or more; 6.7 million youth are both out of work and out of school.
- May 07, 2013 | Philanthropy News Digest Foundation Center Connections - Taking Aim at Gun Violence Because gun violence disproportionately affects African-American men and boys, particularly those who live in high-poverty communities, efforts to end it must also address issues of race, place, and poverty, a report from CLASP finds. According to Taking Aim at Gun Violence (11 pages, PDF), 53,850 African-American males were killed by firearms between 2000 and 2010, while rates of gun violence among young African-American men were highest where dropout, unemployment, and poverty rates are also high.
- May 06, 2013 | Post-Gazette Critics Decry Pennsylvania's Revived Asset Test on Food Stamps Such tests can be harmful due to the volume of paperwork and caseworkers' time they can tie up, but also because they discourage savings, said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, an expert on policies that impact low-income people at CLASP. "It sends the wrong signal," she said. "It encourages people to spend down rather than put money in the bank and save it against future needs."
- May 05, 2013 | The Washington Post D.C. Area Appointments for the Week of May 6 Center for Law and Social Policy of the District appointed Olivia Golden executive director.
- May 02, 2013 | GMA News A Million More Pinoys Jobless as Unemployment Up to 25.4 Percent - SWS Quality jobs refer to employment that provide decent wages, job security, advancement opportunities, and healthy working environment where workers are treated fairly and have a voice in their daily activities at work and about the overall working conditions, according to the American Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Apr 25, 2013 | Corporate Voices for Working Families A Milestone for Competency Based Education - College for America is Approved by Department of Education Corporate Voices for Working Families mentions CLASP's Emily Firgens's In Focus article "Lowest Income Families Remain Most Burdened by High Childcare Costs"
- Apr 23, 2013 | Governing Tying Welfare Benefits to Grades Meets Resistance in Tennessee Campfield's assumption is that parents who don't participate in parent-teacher conferences would change that behavior to avoid losing $55 a month. That doesn't make sense to Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy coordinator for CLASP, who points out that many welfare recipients miss school events because they hold multiple jobs, causing work conflicts. The bill is "grounded in a stereotype that the reason a kid might be failing in school is because parents don't care," Lower-Basch says. "Overall, low-income parents do care very much about their children and want them to succeed."
- Apr 22, 2013 | WAMU D.C. Education Advocates Seek More Funding For Adult Programs "Federal funding for adult education is declining extremely rapidly, facing an almost 20 percent decrease in funding since 2002," says Foster.
- Apr 19, 2013 | The Nation TANF: A Good News Story From the States Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - the program created by welfare reform in 1996 - is a flexible block grant, meaning that while the federal government sets some general rules, states have been given an enormous amount of control, both over the ways that they spend the federal funds they receive and over the rules that they set for families receiving TANF cash assistance. This flexibility results in an enormous amount of variation from state to state.
- Apr 12, 2013 | Philly.com Welfare Regulations in Tennessee, Pennsylvania Spur Arguments And, experts say, impoverished children often do badly in school precisely because they're poor: scant food, bad housing, and dysfunction in the family all contribute to difficulties making good grades. Taking money from such families would serve to further damage these children, noted Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a TANF expert with CLASP in Washington.
- Apr 11, 2013 | The Huffington Post Drug Testing Bills Proliferate In State Legislatures "These are copycat bills that feed off of each other and are based on stereotypes," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, policy analyst for CLASP. "The stereotype is that welfare [and unemployment] recipients are more likely to use drugs, and more broadly that people are poor solely because of their bad choices instead of an economy that's not creating enough jobs."
- Apr 08, 2013 | The Huffington Post The Facts About the Social Security Disability Programs Additionally, as highlighted by Elizabeth Lower-Basch at the Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP), there is no evidence of a large-scale shift from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to SSI. In fact, the decline in TANF enrollment from 1996 to 2011 is more than 20 times the magnitude of the increase in SSI child enrollment during that period.
- Apr 02, 2013 | The Washington Post Lack of Paid Sick Leave is Unhealthy for America More than 40 million Americans - disproportionately low-income, black and Latino workers - cook, clean, fold, and ring us up without any paid time off when they or their children are ill. On any given day, these workers must choose between caring for a sick child and their job. They handle our food and our purchases, coughing and sniffling through Kleenex, to avoid being handed a pink slip.
- Apr 01, 2013 | The Big Story Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk In a story March 27 about paid sick leave laws, The Associated Press, relying on information from Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., reported erroneously the number of employees a company has to have to be exempt from paying for sick leave under the Healthy Families Act. The Healthy Families Act exempts companies with fewer than 15 employees from providing paid sick time.
- Mar 29, 2013 | The Huffington Post Sick Days Go Viral This month, Portland, Oregon and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania both passed legislation (Philly awaits the Mayor's signature) and New York City is expected to follow suit. These actions build on laws enacted in Connecticut, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
- Mar 21, 2013 | The Boston Globe Single-mother Families Struggling in Mass. In Massachusetts, the gap between rich and poor is among the largest in the country. The state's poverty rate is below the national average, but when regional living expenses are factored in, Massachusetts has the 10th-highest rate, according to the Center for Law and Social Policy.
- Mar 14, 2013 | Inside Higher Ed Reimagining Financial Aid The most comprehensive ideas for changing tax credits came from the Center for Law and Social Policy, which devoted most of its white paper to tax benefits. The group looked at several options, including making the American Opportunity Tax Credit more refundable; front-loading part of the credit, meaning taxpayers could get their refunds earlier; and ending the separate tax deduction for tuition and fees.
- Mar 13, 2013 | CNN Money Future of Medicaid and Food Stamps at Stake "When you talk about slashing the safety net to save it, it's hard to call that anything but Orwellian," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, senior policy analyst at CLASP, which focuses on policy for the poor.
- Mar 01, 2013 | The Nation This Week in Poverty: Gangnam-Style Counting With Senator Jeff Sessions CLASP's Elizabeth Lower-Basch's Congressional testimony offers further detail on TANF in Greg Kauffman's article.
- Mar 01, 2013 | The Christian Science Monitor Financial Aid: Finding Better Ways to Help College Students Earlier this week, my Tax Policy Center colleague Elaine Maag blogged about proposals by CLASP to improve federal assistance for low-income college students, including better targeting of higher education tax credits. But there may be even more effective ways to help these students. One idea: Cut back on tax credits and use the savings to improve Pell grants and loan programs.
- Feb 28, 2013 | The Hill House Welfare Hearing Gets Personal for Lawmakers "Employers are increasingly unwilling to just hire folks like your dad," Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst with CLASP, said to Reichert. "They want people with skills, they want people ready to show up and do the job on the first day. So we need to give people access to those training programs."
- Feb 27, 2013 | Youth Today EBT Money Withdrawn at Liquor Stores, Casino Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy coordinator at the Washington D.C.-based CLASP, said that depending on how states implement the federal restrictions, they may end up spending more on enforcement than the cash assistance recipients spend at questionable retailers.
- Feb 27, 2013 | Philanthropy News Digest Investing in Young Men and Boys of Color: The Promise and Opportunity Improving the health of and educational and employment opportunities for young men and boys of color - the demographic cohort most likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods, and attend underresourced schools - requires alternative approaches to school discipline, job training, and postsecondary degree completion, as well as cultural shifts among health professionals, educators, and youth-serving agencies, a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Law and Social Policy finds.
- Feb 26, 2013 | SF Gate Government Credits Make Working Pay Off Other changes around the same time had an even bigger impact, such as increasing the earned income tax credit and expanding Medicaid and child care subsidies, says Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior policy analyst with CLASP. Today, "you are almost always better going from no work to work," she says.
- Feb 25, 2013 | Tax Policy Center Education Tax Credits Rival Pell Grant Program in Size: Reforms Proposed As part of a series of reports on federal financial aid, CLASP is urging a full review of who receives tax benefits for education, how those benefits compare with the better-known Pell grants, and whether Congress should reform higher education benefits.
- Feb 21, 2013 | FOX 5 News What Sequestration Could Mean for Your Child's Education CLASP's Stephanie Schmit talks with Allison Seymour about the potential effects of sequestration on early childhood programs, particularly those affecting low-income children and families on FOX 5 News.
- Feb 21, 2013 | Youth Today New Report Proposes Financial Aid Reform to Benefit Low-Income Students A new report released by CLASP's Center on Postsecondary and Economic Success argues that billions of dollars in federal funds could be saved by altering tax-based student aid in the United States.
- Feb 20, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education Tax-Based Aid Should Be Redirected to Low-Income Students, Report Says We want policy makers to understand," Ms. Strawn said, "that it's possible to make tax-based student aid simpler, and more effective, and that it's possible to do all that in a fiscally responsible way.
- Feb 14, 2013 | CNN Money $9 Minimum Wage Alone Doesn't Get Workers Out of Poverty "For too many people, low-wage jobs are a way of life," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, senior policy analyst at CLASP, which advocates for low-income workers.
- Feb 13, 2013 | The Dish Does A Head Start Help? A randomized trial run by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which runs Head Start, found some effects in the first few years for program participants, but those benefits faded away by grade school. Some Head Start supporters, like Danielle Ewen of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), argue that this says more about K-12, and that what's likely happening is that poor quality public schools are actually reversing Head Start's gains.
- Feb 13, 2013 | The Washington Post Hey Congress: Pre-K is a Better Investment than the Stock Market A randomized trial run by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which runs Head Start, found some effects in the first few years for program participants, but those benefits faded away by grade school. Some Head Start supporters, like Danielle Ewen, formerly of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), argue that this says more about K-12, and that what's likely happening is that poor quality public schools are actually reversing Head Start's gains.
- Feb 12, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education Money Matters, but So Does Avoiding Red Tape As advocates like those at the Center for Law and Social Policy have pointed out, transportation is a common barrier to community-college success, as is a lack of housing and food. But usually, community colleges do not have the power or resources to provide vouchers or free rides, nor are they in the business of coordinating social services. And post-welfare reform, they were explicitly disarmed from doing so.
- Feb 08, 2013 | Diversity Journal Growing Income Inequality Points to Need for Sustained Support for Workers and Families In 2011, poverty remained high at 15 percent - with more than 46 million people living below the poverty threshold. While this number alone is unacceptable, income inequality grew, a worrisome sign for families and our economy.
- Feb 07, 2013 | The Huffington Post When Family Leave Crosses the Aisle The time is ripe to find common political ground on family issues. The November election revealed a huge gender and Hispanic voter gap between the two parties. As Republicans seek to close the gap, new proposals about short-term job leave that help keep families together ought to prove fertile ground.
- Jan 28, 2013 | The Huffington Post Drug Testing Unemployment Bill Pops Up In Arkansas Elizabeth Lower-Basch of CLASP, said schemes to drug test the poor and jobless are part of an effort to stigmatize low-income people. "It's all part of the same pattern of stigmatizing people and blaming them for facing hard times," Lower-Basch said, "rather than recognizing that we're still in a slow recovery and that many people are struggling through no fault of their own."
- Jan 19, 2013 | New York Times Sunday Dialogue: Flexible Work Hours The Working Families Flexibility Act could be, as Mr. Waring notes, a step that improves the quality of part-time jobs. It would give a nation of workers the right to ask for schedule changes (but not an automatic right to get them). A little noted but intriguing aspect of the act could nudge a workplace culture shift: The employee who requests the change must put on a manager's hat and recommend how the company could adapt.
- Jan 17, 2013 | HuffPost Live A Segregated Nation On January 17, CLASP Senior Policy Analyst Rhonda Bryant joined A Segregated Nation on HuffPost Live to discuss segregation based on classism and the resulting access to education and financial stability.
- Jan 16, 2013 | The Huffington Post Obama's Poverty Moves Face Tough Road Amid Tight Budgets, Political Gridlock "I think the Recovery Act -- it was Obama's first big piece of legislation -- and it included huge benefits for low-income folks," said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy coordinator and senior policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy, a Washington-based research and advocacy organization focusing on low-income people. She pointed to the expansion of the child tax credit, additional funding for child care and job training, and new emergency funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, the nation's principal welfare program. "It was all in the context of a much bigger package," Lower-Basch said. "But these had real benefits for low-income people."
- Jan 14, 2013 | The Advocate Regents Strike Out with La. Lawmakers Vickie Choitz, a senior policy analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based CLASP, explains that embedding basic math and reading skills into a technical college curriculum is a critical component to making students more marketable as they look for jobs.
- Jan 08, 2013 | Education Week Early-Childhood Education Advocates Wary of Automatic Cuts Early-childhood educators and advocates are bracing for a series automatic, across-the-board cuts set to hit a broad swath of federal programs on March 1, unless Congress can come up an agreement to avert them.
- Jan 07, 2013 | The Sacramento Bee Uncertainty from Washington Continues for States We must let policymakers and opinion leaders know that it is unacceptable to reduce the deficit by targeting the most vulnerable," writes Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a policy analyst at CLASP.
- Jan 04, 2013 | The Nation This Week in Poverty: Responses to the 'Cliff' Deal While we can breathe a sigh of relief over avoiding a drop off the cliff, there is no time to rest. We must let policymakers and opinion leaders know that it is unacceptable to reduce the deficit by targeting the most vulnerable and that it is outrageous to hold the entire economy hostage. In this season of resolutions, we must resolve to stand up for those whose voices are rarely heard.
- Mar 18, 2015 | The Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Provide Every American Worker With Paid Leave Olivia Golden is quoted in the press release from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office on the introduction of the FAMILY Act.