Posts tagged poverty

    Opinion: Liberate markets to help workers succeed

    January 10, 2023 // From educational services and child care to transportation, housing, and health care, the Cato team offers sensible reforms that either eliminate barriers to opportunity or make it easier for individuals to spend public dollars in the way most likely to meet their particular needs. As Lincicome observes in the book’s conclusion, our political debate is filled with supposedly “pro-worker” proposals that are based on faulty assumptions about the past, present, and future of the American workplace. Far too many politicians think of workers as “helpless and in need of government protection from cradle to grave, despite the long‐​term harms that such policies inflict on these very same workers and the economy more broadly,” he writes. “By contrast, pro‐​market policies that respect the individual agency and ability of all workers would allow them to pursue their unique hopes and dreams in a more dynamic, diverse, and high‐​wage economy—and to adjust to whatever comes next.”

    Detroit teachers have an attendance problem

    October 19, 2022 // 40% of Detroit teachers were frequently or chronically absent last school year, according to the Detroit Public Schools Community District Detroit’s Superintendents Report from Oct. 11 reveals that teachers in Detroit have absenteeism issues. It placed the share of “Teachers with Excellent or Moderate Attendance” at 60.4% for the 2021-22 academic year. This is down from 83.8% in 2020-21. Pre-pandemic, the teacher rate was at 69.5% in 2018-19 and 82.6% in 2019-20. Last school year, 40% of teachers in Detroit were frequently or chronically absent. Frequently absent means between 11 and 17 days absent, while chronically absent means 18 or more days absent, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality.