Right to Repair, Homeschooling, Disinformation and More

Posted on September 5, 2023

Digital Right to Repair Act: By requiring manufacturers to make information available to owners and independent repair providers, the Digital Right to Repair Act ensures that, on fair and reasonable terms, owners are able to get the documentation, parts and tools to maintain and repair certain equipment.

Why do right-leaning Americans believe disinformation? Recent polling shows that Republican primary voters believe Donald Trump over nearly anyone else. And yet, it’s more complicated than that. They hardly believe what anyone tells them, including Trump. For more, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

The “new” homeschoolers: During COVID, homeschooling increased by 30 percent nationwide, including 53 percent in Pennsylvania and 65 percent in New York, according to an NPR 1A podcast. Why has increased homeschooling continued after the pandemic?

How to fix the public defender system: The Constitution requires the appointment of competent counsel for defendants, but the system often fails. This article in Governing explains what various states are doing.

Pandemic relief programs brought record numbers of Americans out of poverty: Government programs drove the US poverty rate down to 7.8 percent, the lowest on record based on data stretching back to 1967. The child poverty rate also hit an all-time low of 5.2 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

What to do after a legislative battle is over: Although, it’s never really over, is it? Chapter 21 of our advocacy book, Preparing to Win, explains what to do and why.