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December 15, 2015

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Axelrod, Lantz, Leahy, and other top faculty to teach new electives

New faculty and those returning from high-profile DC service will teach a number of electives this winter in population health policy, public sector economics, social policy making through the executive branch, cyber conflict, and other topics. more »

"Why financial aid is broken and a simple solution to fix it," TEDx Talk by Sue Dynarski

On October 20, Susan Dynarski delivered a powerful talk at TEDxIndianapolis. The focus? Dynarski’s simple and cost-effective strategy for dramatically reducing a significant roadblock to college for low-income and first-generation students. more »

U-M, Ford School committed to grappling with diversity, equity, and inclusion

An ability to grapple with challenging issues—around race, around gender, around all types of difference—should be a key part of the professional education for aspiring policymakers. more »

Luke Shaefer testifies on poverty before U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Luke Shaefer

Luke Shaefer testified on October 29 in a Senate hearing on welfare and poverty in America. Shaefer offered recommendations for reforming safety net programs (such as TANF) and provided insight into poverty in America.

When asked to provide a single recommendation for what Congress could do to begin to address poverty domestically, Shaefer said, "I would make a concerted effort to increase economic opportunity at the very bottom. I would see if we could make the next generation a jobs generation. And I think these types of initiatives should probably be place-based...and can be done through public-private partnerships." Watch Shaefer’s testimony.


"Let’s give proven practices time to work before we start experimenting on kids by forcing them to repeat third grade." Brian Jacob, in a Detroit News op-ed on why mandatory retention of students who score poorly on state standardized tests is a bad idea.

The Detroit News

"The location of retiring (nuclear) plants matters a great deal for CO2 emissions. In regions with cap-and-trade, nuclear retirements will likely raise power prices, but have little short-term effect on emissions, while regions without cap-and-trade are likely to see their CO2 emissions rise if and when plants close." Dan Raimi post in The Conversation, syndicated in Fortune and Blue Nation Review.

The Conversation

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