Nov 21, 2013
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, 2013
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, 2013
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, 2013
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.
Sep 13, 2013
New CLASP-led Consortium Seeks to Simplify and Better Target Higher Education Tax Benefits
The Center on Postsecondary and Economic Success at CLASP is partnering with Education Trust, New America Foundation, and Young Invincibles in a new consortium to promote policies that reform and strengthen federal higher education tax benefits. Supported by a $310,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the consortium builds on previous work by these groups in the foundation's Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project.
Jul 17, 2013
CLASP Receives Funding to Advance Efforts Improving Health and Success of Young Men of Color
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced its support of CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) through Forward Promise, the Foundation's $9.5 million initiative to improve the health and success of boys and young men of color. CLASP will receive $700,000 over 24 months to support its work that advances multiple pathways towards secondary and post-secondary credentials and employment and that examines trauma and its impact on readiness for education and employment.
Apr 23, 2013
Leading Anti-Poverty Center Announces New Executive Director
Today, CLASP (the Center for Law and Social Policy) announced the appointment of Olivia Golden, Ph.D. as its next executive director. She will succeed Alan Houseman, who has served in the position since 1981. Houseman will retire at the end of 2013.
Sep 25, 2012
CLASP Explores New Approaches in Federal Policy to Help Low-Income Students Complete College
Two unfortunate phenomena have been converging to make college even more elusive for low-income students: the affordability of postsecondary education is waning at the same time that low-income students in this slowly recovering economy must juggle school, family and work to earn credentials of value in an increasingly competitive job market. Against this backdrop, CLASP has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to participate in the Reimagining Aid Delivery and Design (RADD) project with 13 other organizations.
Sep 17, 2012
CLASP Statement on OMB Sequestration Report
The automatic, across-the-board cuts set to begin on January 2, 2013, by the sequester were intended to be a blunt and indiscriminate instrument that would inspire both parties to negotiate a compromise on a deficit reduction plan. At CLASP, we work tirelessly to create policy solutions that work for low-income people. Clearly, the sequester is anything but that."
Sep 12, 2012
Growing Income Inequality, Continued High Poverty Point to Need for Sustained Support for Workers, Families
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released annual data on poverty, income and health insurance coverage in America. This report is a clear sign that there's tremendous need for government action to promote job growth, modernize jobs, help poor children get off to a solid start, and strengthen the safety net for families in hard times.
Sep 11, 2012
Seven Community Colleges to Pilot Benefits Access Project
"In today's economy, it's more important than ever that students have the supports to earn a higher education so they can land better jobs and support their families," said Evelyn Ganzglass, Director of Workforce Development at CLASP. "Rising college costs mean an education is increasingly out of reach for millions. By combining traditional student financial aid with public supports, students are better positioned to get by and complete their education. And when more students earn credentials, more employers have the skilled workers they need, and the labor market is able to stay competitive."
Jul 18, 2012
New Ten State Alliance to Provide Quality Benchmarks and Measures of Success for Career Pathway Initiative
(Washington, D.C.) -- Ten states, in conjunction with CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, are launching the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for career pathway initiatives. The participating states will draw upon their combined decades of experience with this promising approach to education and training.
Jun 28, 2012
Today's Affordable Care Act Ruling Momentous for Hard Working Americans
Today's 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act ensures that we will have a fairer health care system that better meets our workforce and population's needs. While there are still questions on how states will respond to the Medicaid expansion provision, the ruling is a real victory for all Americans.
May 10, 2012
CLASP Statement on House's Sequester Replacement Act
Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the House of Representative's upcoming vote on the Sequester Replacement Act. The bill proposes severe cuts to programs that provide much needed support to the nation's moderate- and low-income workers, children and elderly.
Apr 26, 2012
New Tool: U.S. on Track to Leave Nearly $600 Billion in Revenue on the Table Unless Nation and States Increase Number of Adults with Postsecondary Credentials
The nation is falling behind other leading countries in the number of adults with a postsecondary credential and the skills needed by employers. If the United States does not significantly increase the number of credentialed adults, the country stands to leave hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue on the table. These are the findings from a dynamic new data analysis released today by CLASP and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).
Apr 16, 2012
Today's Vote on the Buffett Rule Matters to Low-income Families
Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, regarding the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012 (S.2230), a bill introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) to implement the Buffett Rule.
Apr 03, 2012
Report: Work Sharing Finds Breakthrough in New Federal Law
The law President Obama signed in February to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance (H.R. 3630) also provided a nearly $500 million expansion of work sharing, an employment strategy that helps businesses avoid layoffs during downturns and can dramatically reduce unemployment. Today, in the first of three papers, CLASP and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) released a detailed summary of the new federal law and how states can access it to combat layoffs.
Mar 29, 2012
The Rebuild America Act Would Help Build Strong Families, Stable Middle Class
"A stable middle class means stronger families, better outcomes for children and stronger fiscal health for the nation. The Rebuild America Act would offer opportunities such as education and training, child care assistance, and paid sick leave to ensure more ordinary families have the tools they need to access jobs have the chance to reach the middle class."
Mar 20, 2012
House FY 2013 Budget Resolution: Same Song, Same Cast, Different Year
House Republicans today released a budget that once again is strong on rhetoric but weak on reasonable ideas regarding how to restore prosperity to the economy, not to mention strengthen the nation's families and provide pathways to education, work, and economic security. The budget harkens back to the failed theory of trickle-down economics by providing tax cuts to those at the top, preserving special treatment for capital gains, cutting deductions for most workers and offering a vague hope that the benefits will eventually trickle down to ordinary Americans.
Feb 02, 2012
Stigmatizing UI by Drug Testing Applicants and Denying Benefits to Those Without H.S. Diploma
Conferees from the U.S. House and Senate currently are considering an Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits extension proposal that includes two highly controversial provisions-drug testing all UI applicants and denying benefits to those without a high school diploma or equivalent-that would penalize the most vulnerable workers, CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy said today.