Growing U.S. Income Inequality Eating Away at Our Nation

Growing U.S. Income Inequality Eating Away at Our NationTimothy Noah, author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Income Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, spoke here at the AFL-CIO today, part of our summer book series on jobs, inequality and the financial crisis. In researching the book, based on a 10-part series he wrote in 2010 for Slate, Noah says he surprised even himself when he realized that economic mobility was far more robust than it turned out to be.

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle Class

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle ClassWashington Post’s Ezra Klein pointed out yesterday that the difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama’s tax plans is pretty stark.

Klein writes: Romney’s plan is a large tax cut for the top 60 percent, a huge tax cut for the top few percent, and a significant tax increase for the bottom few percent, as he permits a few temporary tax breaks that benefit low-income folks to expire. Obama’s plan keeps the current tax rates for almost everyone but the top few percent, who face a very large tax increase.

Profile of Minimum Wage Workers Isn’t What You Think

Opponents of increasing the nation’s minimum wage always fall back on the argument that it doesn’t need to be raised because it’s mostly teenagers working part-time for extra pocket money who are getting that hourly figure (which right now is $7.25).

Study shows poor outcomes for students in virtual schools

A new study should raise serious questions for anyone who believes that virtual schools are a viable solution to improving student achievement. The report by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado shows that students at K12 Inc., the nation's largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math scores than students in brick-and-mortar schools.

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