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Kroeger, Teresa; McNicholas, Celine; Wilpert, Marni von; Wolfe, Julia – Economic Policy Institute, 2018
The nation's oldest labor laws give employees the fundamental rights to organize and join a union. An increasing number of graduate student workers across the country are seeking to exercise these rights at the private universities where they work while they pursue their education. During the 2011-2012 school year, 12.1 percent of all graduate…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Unions, Union Members, Research Assistants
Gould, Elise; Mokhiber, Zane; Wolfe, Julia – Economic Policy Institute, 2018
Sustained improvements in economic conditions in recent years have brightened young graduates' prospects for employment and wage growth. This report focuses exclusively on those graduating from college. This study analyzes data on recent young college graduates (ages 21-24) to learn about the Class of 2018's economic prospects as they start their…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Graduate Study, Employment Level, Unemployment
Keefe, Jeffrey – Economic Policy Institute, 2018
In light of the Pennsylvania's most recent pension cuts and the challenges the state faces in attracting and retaining qualified teachers, this report asks two primary questions in this study: (1) How does teacher pay compare with the pay of other comparable workers in Pennsylvania--that is, are Pennsylvania public school teachers underpaid (which…
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Retirement Benefits, State Legislation, Teacher Shortage
Gould, Elise; Mokhiber, Zane; Wolfe, Julia – Economic Policy Institute, 2018
This study analyzes data on recent young high school graduates (ages 18-21) to learn about the Class of 2018's economic prospects as they start their careers. The report begins by providing a snapshot of the educational attainment of all young adults in this age group (not just graduates) and of all working-age adults (ages 18-64) to provide…
Descriptors: Employment Level, Unemployment, Underemployment, Wages
Carnoy, Martin – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, is a strong proponent of allowing public education dollars to go to private schools through vouchers, which enable parents to use public school money to enroll their children in private schools, including religious ones. Vouchers are advanced under the rubric of "school choice"--the…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Student Improvement
Keefe, Jeffrey H. – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
This report describes the results of research into New Jersey public school teacher compensation. The research was initiated in response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's attacks on New Jersey teachers' unions and his allegations that New Jersey public school teachers are overpaid. This analysis seeks to answer three questions about teacher…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Salaries, Employees, Gender Differences
Morrissey, Monique – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
Several studies have argued that teacher pensions are a raw deal for most teachers and should be replaced with account-style plans. This report examines research that most teachers working today are building a secure retirement. According to the author, the myth that most teachers get a raw deal while a lucky few receive generous pensions is based…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Retirement, Compensation (Remuneration), Teaching Conditions
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
Persistently large achievement gaps between high-social-class and low-social-class children in America, and the disparities in opportunity that drive these achievement gaps, threaten the very notion of the American Dream. The lack of true equality of opportunity calls for much more comprehensive interventions to tackle those gaps. This report…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Equal Education, Educational Strategies, Educational Policy
Kroeger, Teresa; Gould, Elise – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
The Great Recession and its aftermath have had long-lasting effects on the employment prospects of young people entering the workforce after graduating from high school or college. Despite officially ending in June 2009, the recession has left millions of people unemployed for extended spells, with recent workforce entrants such as young graduates…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, College Graduates, Employment, Enrollment
Carnoy, Martin; García, Emma – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
A founding ideal of American democracy is that merit, not accident of birth, should determine individuals' income and social status. Schools have assumed a major role in judging key elements of merit among young people--namely, academic skills, hard work, self-discipline, and cooperative behavior. Schools do so mainly by evaluating students in a…
Descriptors: African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Asian American Students, Low Income Students
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2017
Extensive research has conclusively demonstrated that children's social class is one of the most significant predictors--if not the single most significant predictor--of their educational success. This three-part study combines a statistical analysis of early skills gaps among a recent cohort of children and changes in them over time with a…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Social Class, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement
Allegretto, Sylvia A.; Mishel, Lawrence – Economic Policy Institute, 2016
An effective teacher is the most important school-based determinant of education outcomes. Therefore it is crucial that school districts recruit and retain high-quality teachers. This is increasingly challenging given that the supply of teachers has been greatly affected by high early to mid-career turnover rates, annual retirements of longtime…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Comparable Worth, Salary Wage Differentials, Compensation (Remuneration)
García, Emma; Weiss, Elaine – Economic Policy Institute, 2016
The importance of so-called noncognitive skills--which include abilities and traits such as critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, social skills, persistence, creativity, and self-control--manifests itself in multiple ways throughout life. This policy brief, which focuses on a set of skills that can and should be taught in schools, is…
Descriptors: Child Development, Social Development, Emotional Development, Thinking Skills
Bivens, Josh; García, Emma; Gould, Elise; Weiss, Elaine; Wilson, Valerie – Economic Policy Institute, 2016
Nearly 7 years into the recovery from the Great Recession, two glaring problems remain in the U.S. economy. One is a significant slowdown in the growth of productivity (the amount of output and income generated in an average hour of work). The other is the destructive rise in income inequality in recent decades due largely to big corporations and…
Descriptors: Investment, Human Capital, Knowledge Economy, Educational Benefits
Baker, Bruce D. – Economic Policy Institute, 2016
Some communities look at claims of miraculous proficiency rates or heed reports of long waiting lists for charter schools and conclude that chartering is the way to go. But if the broad, long-term policy objective is to move toward the provision of a "system of great schools" that produces an equitable distribution of excellent (or at…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Risk
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