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The Problem With Student-Loan Forgiveness

Students often don't understand their repayment options, and current policies can create bad incentives.

Opinion

Immigration Policy: Is Federalism the Answer?

As a quick federal fix to immigration policy increasingly looks like a long shot, state and local proposals are gaining traction.

Roundup

The Complicated Story Behind School Resegregation

ProPublica takes readers to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it can seem like Brown v. Board of Education never happened. 

Few Americans Worry That Pre-K Takes Children Out of the Home Too Soon

Older Americans are most likely to fear that programs separate kids from their families. 

How Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start Was Founded

Fifty years of research—and Sesame Street— have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids.

My View

When Republicans Try to Co-Opt Cesar Chavez

Sen. Jeff Sessions tries to recast the late labor leader as a supporter of tough immigration policies. 

You May Be Surprised By The States That Support Pre-K

Interactive: Obama's universal pre-K plan is meeting resistance in Congress--but in the states, both parties support early childhood programs.

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The Problem With Student-Loan Forgiveness

Students often don't understand their repayment options, and current policies can create bad incentives.

Opinion

Immigration Policy: Is Federalism the Answer?

As a quick federal fix to immigration policy increasingly looks like a long shot, state and local proposals are gaining traction.

Roundup

The Complicated Story Behind School Resegregation

ProPublica takes readers to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where it can seem like Brown v. Board of Education never happened. 

Few Americans Worry That Pre-K Takes Children Out of the Home Too Soon

Older Americans are most likely to fear that programs separate kids from their families. 

How Everything We Know About Early Childhood Has Changed Since Head Start Was Founded

Fifty years of research—and Sesame Street— have changed our understanding of how to best help disadvantaged kids.

My View

When Republicans Try to Co-Opt Cesar Chavez

Sen. Jeff Sessions tries to recast the late labor leader as a supporter of tough immigration policies. 

You May Be Surprised By The States That Support Pre-K

Interactive: Obama's universal pre-K plan is meeting resistance in Congress--but in the states, both parties support early childhood programs.

Show More
 
About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.