Dr. Ray Marshall remains heavily involved in education-related issues, particularly in his work with the National Center on Education and the Economy, whose board he co-chairs. NCEE has done extensive international education benchmarking; operates the National Institute for School Leadership, the nation’s largest organization to train principals for high-performance schools; and is working with the National Conference of State Legislatures and a number of states to develop high-performance school systems based on models derived from international best practice. The Center’s goal is to help create a world-class education system that will effectively educate all Americans to high international standards.
With immigration reform being front and center these days, Dr. Marshall has responded to several requests since the election from print and broadcast media to discuss immigration-related issues. In addition, he is consulting with a coalition of labor and other organizations who have reached out to him to help craft a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Two recent meetings hosted by Dr. Marshall in Austin, TX, brought together members of the AFL-CIO, United Way Worldwide, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Economic Policy Institute to delve deeper into the issues.
The first meeting was held on Wednesday, 3/15, and included Jon Hiatt, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO, and Ana Avendaño, Vice President of Labor Participation at United Way Worldwide.
The second meeting was held on 3/17 and included Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at EPI; Naomi Tsu, Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Program at SPLC; Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration Policy at the AFL-CIO; and Susan Marshall, lecturer at Concordia University.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Ray Marshall, the founder of our Center and holder of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs, is completing another book on immigration, which is tentatively titled Managing Immigration: Benchmarking International Best Practice. This book examines the best practices of other immigration countries—particularly Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K.—and discusses how the United States can adapt these lessons to create a more effective employment-based migration system. It is increasingly clear that the U.S. system, which relies largely on family-based immigration, will need to shift to a system that emphasizes migrants who have the skills and education to allow the U.S. to better compete in an increasingly knowledge-intensive global economy.
The book outlines the economic, political, and social impacts of immigration; describes problems with the U.S. immigration system; discusses trends in immigration; details some of the best practices of countries that focus on employment-based migration; critiques the increasingly important issue of best practices in integrating immigrants; and concludes with recommendations on how to improve the U.S. immigration system. The book will include a discussion of how the election of Donald Trump could affect American immigration, political, social, and economic policies and institutions.
RMC Research Scientist Daniel Schroeder traveled to Washington, DC, to attend the National Child Support Enforcement Association’s (NCSEA) 2017 Policy Forum from February 16-18, 2017. This year, the annual conference was held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel and brought together experts, researchers, and professionals to discuss initiatives and recent developments that impact the child support program on all levels of government.
Dr. Heath Prince, RMC Director and Research Scientist, traveled to Amman, Jordan, from February 4th-9th during a recent trip to the Middle East to conduct a proposal planning workshop. He, along with colleagues from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and Brandeis University, were invited to submit a full proposal for a grant sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) titled “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Jordan.” The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research program “aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights.”
While there, the group performed field research to gather information to include in the proposal, visiting five health clinics and holding two focus groups (one with women and one with men) to better understand their views of modern family planning methods. They also interviewed doctors, nurses, and midwives and met with officials in the Ministry of Health and the Higher Population Council.
The workshop attendees consisted of 23 representatives from various ministries in Jordan, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, and other researchers. The proposal was presented to the attendees, and their solicited feedback and the information gathered from the field research was incorporated into the full proposal. The proposal was submitted this week, and the notice of award is expected to be announced in June.
RMC Director and Research Scientist Heath Prince was invited to present a paper at the Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies conference held at the American University of Beirut February 2-3, 2017. The two day academic conference was sponsored by AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and Princeton University’s Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and included speakers and panelist from across the MENA region. Heath presented his paper “Economic Growth, Youth Unemployment, and Political and Social Instability: A Study of Policies and Outcomes in Post-Arab Spring Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, 1990-2013” which discusses youth unemployment policy in the MENA region Post-Arab Spring.
On February 3rd, RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King traveled to Philadelphia, PA, to give a keynote talk “Two-Generation Antipoverty Strategies: The Why, What, Who and How” and to participate in a strategy discussion for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
RMC Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King presented a keynote talk “The Promise of Emerging 2-Generation Antipoverty Strategies” at The College for Behavioral Health Leadership’s 2-Gen Summit held at Lifeworks, Austin, TX on January 25, 2017. The Austin summit, titled “Dialogue 1: Expanding our Boundaries – Connecting Causes and Consequences,” is the first in a series of three events being held to address issues in the health care environment, opening dialogues to address core leadership capabilities essential to the future.
Directed by LBJ School of Public Affairs doctoral student and former Ray Marshall Center graduate research assistant Christina N. Caramanis, 2G: Raising Families out of Poverty in the 21st Century follows the nascent efforts of community leaders, policy makers, and academics across disciplinary lines putting together a vision for antipoverty policy and programs that focus on the real needs of today’s American family. Highlighting the struggles of Austin’s large Spanish-speaking immigrant demographic, Margarita Guerrero Guerrero gives a firsthand account of the daily challenges she faces raising five children in a cramped two-bedroom house in South Austin. Margarita dreams of one day gaining the skills needed to get a high-paying job to support her family. Meanwhile, Ray Marshall Center Senior Research Scientist Dr. Chris King and Austin ISD Early Childhood Director Dr. Jacquie Porter take us through both national and local 2Gen efforts currently underway.
The aim of the short video is to spread the word—from politicians and policymakers all the way down to single mothers working paycheck to paycheck with little hope for a way out—that there is a better way to start rebuilding the dream and fulfilling the promise of a better tomorrow for our children and families, an approach that simultaneously addresses the needs of both children and their parents. You can view the video below or by going here.
Dr. Daniel Schroeder, RMC Research Scientist, presented a paper at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) event titled “The limited reach of the Child Support Enforcement system” held in Washington, DC on Dec. 5th. His research showed that although the system has shown strong performance in recent years, a growing share of low income families who could benefit from child support enforcement are not reached by the system. You can view the livestream in it’s entirety here.