This is the last Public Agenda Alert of 2014! We'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you a wonderful 2015!
We have a lot of projects and resources that we're very excited to introduce to you in the new year:
- We're developing, in partnership with the Spencer Foundation, a suite of materials to improve the dialogue about charter schools. These include a guide to research and discussion material to help policymakers and voters make better decisions about charter school policy. We will also have resources to help journalists report on the issue in their communities.
- In early spring, we'll release survey findings looking at how the general public responds to resources that could help them find information about health care costs. Do they use existing price transparency resources? Do price transparency tools affect the decisions they make about their care? Do these resources save them money or encourage them to become comparative shoppers? This research was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and more information can be found here.
- The federal government has charged every state with developing a plan to ensure that all students, including those in under-resourced districts, have access to excellent educators. They must include stakeholder engagement as part of this work. Recognizing that engagement can be tough to envision and actualize, we've developed a Choicework discussion guide to help state policymakers engage educators and administrators on equity in education. This guide was developed through our Everyone at the Table initiative, which helps teachers have a greater voice in education policy.
For more information about any of these projects, or to be alerted when they're ready, email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also hope you help support this work
with a gift to Public Agenda.
Your donation will help us share these resources with more people and empower them to make progress on the issues that too often leave them divided.
And now you have a new way to give! Late in the night on December 16, the Senate passed a bill extending the IRA Charitable Rollover to December 31, 2014. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
The provision allows individuals age 70˝ or older to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account directly to Public Agenda! To take advantage of this please contact your IRA provider for exact instructions and please let us know so that we confirm receipt of your gift for you.