Abortion Access, Corporate Crime, Confirmation Bias and More

Posted on April 30, 2024

Grow Your Own Teacher: There are both short- and long-term problems with teacher recruitment and retention. The Grow Your Own Teacher Act is one solution. It provides college scholarships to worthy low-income public school graduates who are committed to teach in their own district’s high-needs schools.

Evade the trap of confirmation bias: Political beliefs often run contrary to logic or evidence. In fact, psychology tells us, there are many cognitive biases that skew human reasoning. “Confirmation bias” is particularly important to understand in political persuasion. For more, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

The Science of Persuasion: This is the first segment in PLI’s Voicing Our Values series of podcasts. It explains cognitive biases and how to deal with them. For this PLI podcast, click here.

A corporate crime wave: Fines, penalties and class-action settlements paid by corporations in the US have surpassed $1 trillion since 2000, according to a report by Good Jobs First.

Abortion access mapped by congressional district: A new Center for American Progress analysis shows the demographics of abortion access with a particularly interesting map of travel times to abortion clinics.

Community Schools Model Legislation: The Community Schools Playbook contains three model bills for states, cities, counties and school boards to establish or expand community schools in your jurisdiction.