Monthly Archives: October 2017

Statehood as a Solution for Puerto Rico’s Economy

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, Puerto Rico’s economic and political future looks increasingly uncertain. The past decade has been especially difficult for the island territory. Puerto Rico’s recession began in 2006 when corporate tax breaks that benefitted the Puerto Rican manufacturing sector ended. The Great Recession […]

Apple Introduces Face ID and Exposes Another Discriminatory Blind Spot in “Cool” Technology

Cory Lancaster, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The people of America have whipped out their smart phones and called their government to the stand. The social issues that have been offending our citizens for centuries are on trial and cell phone technology has provided a mass of incriminating evidence. Smart phones have drastically revised the […]

GW WonkCast Episode 2: How States Target Abortion Clinics Through TRAP Laws

Policy Perspectives’ Editor-in-Chief Jessica Burnell joins the WonkCast crew in our second episode this season to discuss how states use TRAP laws to restrict abortion. These laws target abortion clinics themselves, aiming to disincentive abortion services by making them harder to provide. Listen in to learn more about the history of these laws and their […]

The Unintended Consequences of School Takeovers: A Study of Jackson Public School District

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is only one step standing between the Jackson Public School District existing as an independent district and being taken over by the Mississippi Department of Education. Jackson Public Schools (JPS), the second-largest school district in Mississippi, is facing a potential state intervention due to several complaints from […]

Turkey: The Struggle for Inclusion

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Turkey is a bridge between Europe and the Eastern world, with one foot firmly planted in the culture and history of the Ottoman Empire and the other reaching for a perch among Western states. The founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dreamed of a Turkish state that would […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Dr. Dominica McBride

Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sphere about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with Dr. Dominica McBride, an award-winning evaluator and Founder/CEO of Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change. Through her organization, Dr. McBride uses culturally-responsive practices to collaborate, train, and create program […]

The GW WonkCast Season 2 Premier: Artificial Intelligence

Welcome back listeners to season two of GW WonkCast! In this inaugural episode, GW MPP student Michael Steinberg joins us to discuss AI and tech policy. Will robots inherit the earth? Are algorithms determining our future? Tune in to find out! . GW MPPs Matt Dotzler and Haley Dunn share their insights as cohosts, while […]