Category Social Policy

GW WonkCast S2E11: American Indian Education

Join us as co-Host Katherine Lundie interviews Melissa Emrey-Arras, the Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), about the state of American Indian education from a program evaluation standpoint. The federal government runs 185 elementary and secondary schools in 23 states for American Indian children that serve over […]

The Truth about Trafficking: Myths and Realities of Modern Day Slavery in America

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The Global Slavery Index (GSI) estimates that 45.8 million people are currently enslaved  globally, with North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, and India among the greatest offenders. While many developed nations rank better on the index, human trafficking still occurs in these countries. The GSI reports that 57,000 individuals in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Unfair Welfare: The TANF Resources Problem

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This article comes from a working paper by Michael Wiseman and David Meni at the GW Institute of Public Policy, which can be viewed here. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). On a surface level, many claim […]

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]