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 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.