The New America Care Report

New America asseses the current state of the cost, quality, and access to quality child care available in all 50 states. This comprehensive ranking of all the states' systems shows a fragmented and patchwork setup with most states failing to create the business and social environments necessary for child care providers to properly serve the population. Most families are left helpless as costs continue to rise, quality declines and availability is often effectively nonexistent for the working and middle classes. The report provides a number of policy recommendations to help address this massive problem, including the institution of a universal paid family leave policy and a universal pre-K program.

Remedial Education – The Cost of Catching Up

This report from the Center for American Progress examines the current state of remedial education in universities around the country. Remedial education refers to classes and material which go over a curriculum that should have been covered in high school. Millions of students every year learn they must take these extra courses, costing them and their families a total of $1.3 billion across the 50 states. The report shows that this money is largely wasted as many of these students never end up finishing their education as they are significantly less likely to graduate than other students. It also touches on possible reforms and changes to the education system as a whole which could ameliorate the problems with remedial education.

STEM 2026: A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education

Together, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the American Institutes of Research convened experts and leaders in STEM areas of focus to discuss the ways in which approaches to STEM education can be improved or even radically changed in order to arrive at the best outcomes. This report is a result of these policy and practice recommendations and additional comprehensive research, synthesizing it into a readable and all-inclusive look at the possible future of STEM education.

Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System

The Juvenile Law Center conducted research in all 50 states to analyze the financial burden imposed on youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. The resulting report shows how this financial burden increases recidivism, lengthens detention times, exacerbates racial disparities in the system and puts undue economic and emotional distress on the effected families and youth. It concludes with a number of policy recommendations to help address these major problems.

World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Trends for Youth

This report from the International Labour Organization provides a comprehensive look at current employment statistics for youth worldwide and discusses the trends of the near future. It worryingly shows how many youth, in developed and developing countries, live in poverty even when they are employed due to low wages and lack of full-time work with benefits. The report also unfortunately predicts a rise in youth unemployment and makes policy recommendations to help alleviate the problems.

What Free Won’t Fix: Too Many Public Colleges are Dropout Factories

The centrist think tank, Third Way, released this report which demonstrates how high the dropout rates are in public higher education. The report shows how many of these students must take on student loans which they must pay regardless of whether they graduate, saddling themselves with debt and negatively impacting the economy as a whole.

Unjust: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

This new report from the Center for American Progress' Movement Advancement Project shows how LGBTQ youth are vastly over-represented in both the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The report explains the many reasons for this and highlights the troubling occurrences of rampant mistreatment and abuse these disadvantaged youth face in all areas of the system from the streets to court proceedings and then while in detention, threatening both the welfare and the constitutional rights of LGBTQ youth across the nation.

Health Risks Among Sexual Minority Youth

This new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses the first nationally representative study of U.S. lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) high school students to summarize the many areas in which these students are prone to higher health and safety riskes compared to non-LGB students. This higher risk is caused by bullying, isolation, greater instances of sexual violence and higher rates of depression, among other factors. The report concludes with a number of policy recommendations meant to address these troubling findings.