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School choice policies are predicated on parents having enough information to make an informed decision on where to send kids. But according to experts, the vast majority of #school districts don't provide families with robust school quality information – in part because quality is difficult to measure and portray clearly.
The flexibility to allow Title I-A funds to follow students across schools has a certain appeal. But it could have negative consequences for some of the poorest students.
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The U.S. energy sector has become highly innovative in developing and applying new technologies. These innovations often require higher-paid, more-highly skilled labor. But in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, employers may have difficulty filling these #jobs. How can the region's leaders improve its workforce-development pipeline?
The need to fill semiskilled jobs in the West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania energy sector and rapidly evolving technology and innovations require improving the pipeline of trained workers entering the labor force serving the industry.
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Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear deal by September 17. According to RAND's Alireza Nader, the P5+1 and Iran won't return to the negotiating table if Congress rejects the deal. And the most realistic alternative to the current agreement is a nuclear weapons-capable #Iran with better ties with the international community.
Now is the time for Washington to prove its leadership and implement the Iran nuclear deal. The alternative is a major diplomatic defeat for America and an unrestricted Iranian nuclear program.
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What's the big revelation from the latest confrontation on the Korean Peninsula? South Korean propaganda broadcasts are a more powerful weapon against #NorthKorea than artillery. That's according to RAND's Bruce Bennett, who notes that information from the outside world can undermine the North's own propaganda efforts and threaten Kim Jong Un's support base.
While the latest confrontation between North and South Korea appears to be ending peacefully, it provides insight into future North Korean provocations. Words as weapons can work when they are aimed at North Korea's internal politics and backed up by a strong South Korean response supported by the U.S.
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In the decade that has passed since Hurricane #Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, RAND experts have worked to find solutions regarding storm protection, coastal restoration, housing challenges, and many other issues. Here are highlights from our efforts to inform public policy in the region.
This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.
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The death of long-time leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has left new fissures in the #Taliban movement, says RAND's Jeff Eggers. Reconciliation, or bringing the new Taliban leadership into the political fold in #Afghanistan, may be the best way to prevent an Iraq- or Syria-like deterioration.
The Taliban's new leadership may be the last decent opportunity for a political solution to the conflict. Without one, the Islamic State could make Afghanistan the next Iraq or Syria.
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Vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death among #police in America. A new RAND study provides the first quantitative estimates of the risk factors for injury to law enforcement officers in vehicle crashes. Among its findings, officers face an elevated risk when sitting in a stationary car compared to low-speed driving.
Vehicle crashes are the largest cause of death among police in the U.S. Understanding the risk factors can help law enforcement agencies take steps to lower the risk of injury collisions, such as restricting motorcycle use to situations where the use of other vehicles is not feasible.
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#Terrorist networks and criminal underworld operatives may see strategic value in joining forces. But according to RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins, such relationships are nothing new. And they're hardly the perfect threat multiplier that they may seem.
While terrorists and criminals joining forces is certainly a scary thought, it's nothing new and not something that works as simply in practice as it does on a white board. Still, it's a threat worth watching.
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As many as 70% of unaccompanied #homeless youth smoke cigarettes. Smoking may pose heightened health risks to this group, given that their health is already compromised by harsh living environments, poor nutrition, and limited access to health care. How can service providers help?
Most homeless youth smokers surveyed in Los Angeles County had tried to quit and were interested in receiving assistance with quitting. Homeless service providers are interested in providing smoking cessation assistance but face barriers to doing so.
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In recent years, policymakers and members of the media have raised concerns regarding access to behavioral health care for service members and veterans of the U.S. #military and their families. What does evidence say about the behavioral health and service use of civilian military wives?
In this report, researchers examined utilization of behavioral health care among current or former wives of service members and veterans who are covered by the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration.
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#Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s, exceeding global trends. It now faces challenges in terms of creating jobs without overly relying on public spending fueled by exploiting natural resources. In particular, youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future.
Drawing on Mongolian and international data, RAND analyzed the Mongolian labor market and compared it internationally. Based on an original survey, this report also examines challenges young people face in employment and education in Mongolia.
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Many arguments against the nuclear deal with #Iran allege that rejecting it now could lead to a better deal later. But according to RAND's Dalia Dassa Kaye, "If anyone is going to get a better deal than the one being debated today, it would likely be Iran, not the United States."
It is critical for lawmakers to understand there will be serious consequences for rejecting the Iran deal. And those consequences look a lot worse for the United States and its partners than for Iran.
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