- Dec 12, 13 | 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 11, 13 | 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 04, 13 | 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 21, 13 Higher Education Experts Call for Tax Reforms to Improve College Affordability, Access, and Completion A consortium of higher education experts has called on Congress to reform tax-based student aid to ensure it reaches the low- and modest-income families who most need it to access college. With nearly $34 billion spent each year, this form of aid is more common than even Pell Grants, but action is needed to maximize its impact on college access and completion.
- Nov 14, 13 Report: Large Numbers of Children Underserved by Federal and State Early Care and Education Programs Today, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality. The joint report reveals how significant underinvestment in early care and education programs at the state and federal levels has left large numbers of children underserved.
- Nov 13, 13 CLASP Statement on the Strong Start for America's Children Act Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) introduced the Strong Start for America's Children Act: landmark legislation that provides for universal access to high-quality pre-kindergarten services for low-income children through a federal-state partnership and expands quality child care for infants and toddlers.
- Oct 31, 13 Groups Applaud the Bipartisan Student and Family Tax Simplification Act The Consortium for Reform of Higher Education Tax Benefits includes four organizations concerned with college access, affordability, and completion for low - and middle-income individuals: the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP, the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, Young Invincibles, and The Education Trust.
CLASP's policy experts present at a wide variety of events, conferences, seminars and forums throughout the country. Following are upcoming CLASP staff presentations: