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Dozens of dedicated programs for pregnant and parenting teens have been shut down in recent years as teen pregnancy rates have plunged and cash-strapped cities and states have looked for ways to save money.

Like other struggling schools, the University of Arizona is raising out-of-state tuition—and courting the affluent students who can afford to pay it.

Zuccotti Park, Manhattan after the eviction of Occupy Wall Street protesters

In our new Gilded Age, the worst are not only full of passionate conviction. They are also damnably clever.

Homeless person in New York City

We need more than just a safety net. We need a blueprint to create good jobs for all.

A Nation investigation looks at the shuttering of needed trauma centers, beginning with those on Chicago’s violent South Side.

Baltimore row houses

David Brooks’ rendition of poverty is as “representative” of people with low-incomes as corrupt corporate titans are of small entrepreneurs.

The opening ceremony for the Center for Workforce Innovation

Richmond, Virginia, is the eleventh-most-unequal big city in the country; its leaders finally want to change that.

In The Tyranny of the Meritocracy, Lani Guinier argues that the SATs have become “accurate reflectors of wealth and little else.”

Both Republicans and Democrats want to solve economic insecurity by giving people more purchasing power. There’s a better solution.

Blogs

Who benefits from a high school equivalency exam that judges nothing better than how well you'll do on the exam?

March 4, 2015

Fifteen former students of the for-profit Corinthian college chain are launching a debt strike to allow other debtors to do just that. 

February 23, 2015

Does higher education in America offer young women a ticket to the middle class—or entrench class divisions that are only getting wider?

October 15, 2014

By forcing people on welfare to trade personal dignity for social entitlements, the system seeks to shrink public spending at an unconscionable moral cost.

May 29, 2014

Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, antidemocratic agenda.

May 27, 2014

If inequality sells in bookstores and box offices, it will sell at the polls as well.

May 23, 2014

Janet Yellen admits evidence of how inequality is “very worrisome.”

May 7, 2014

The visible success of the European Financial Transaction (a k a Robin Hood) tax should boost efforts to build support for such a tax in the US. 

May 5, 2014

The real “takers” are the biggest corporations and banks, the richest Americans.

April 29, 2014

The food industry is now the most unequal sector in the American economy.

April 24, 2014