Bridging the Racial Generation Gap Is Key to America's Economic Future

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In 2015, 78 percent of America’s seniors were white while 49 percent of the nation’s youth were people of color — a phenomenon that we call the racial generation gap. To the extent that racial divides result in predominantly white seniors choosing not to invest in a more racially diverse young population, this could hamstring the development of the next generation of workers and leaders. This research brief examines the growth of the racial generation gap and its effect on per-child k-12 education spending. We find that every percentage-point increase in the racial generation gap is associated with a decrease in state and local per-child education spending of around 1.5 percent. This adds up in places that have seen a lot of demographic change. For example, Nevada’s spending could be about $2,600 more per student if there was no racial generation gap. Given this relationship, it is critical to ensure equitable school funding, direct investments in youth, and build multi-generational coalitions for change. Download the BRIEF or DATA.

Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

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The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity, and the accompanying op-ed in Fortune, both produced in partnership with FSG. It is our aspiration that these business strategies will complement the push, from outside and inside corporations, for more fair and equitable operations.

The report goes beyond the essential ingredient of workforce diversity, as a means for business to address past and continuing discrimination while improving their competitiveness, to challenge the corporate sector to affirmatively advance racial equity through its products, services, and public policy positions.

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, January 12

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The Curb-Cut Effect; Year in Review: 2016 Highlights from America’s Tomorrow

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, January 26

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There Are No Shortcuts: Cooperation Jackson’s Kali Akuno on Solidarity, Economic Democracy, and Organizing for the Long Term; Can Austin and San Francisco Foster Growth Without Displacement?

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, February 23

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Can Other U.S. Cities Follow in NYC’s Footsteps to Help Renters?; Growing Jobs in the Urban Forest to Advance an Inclusive Economy

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, February 9

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“Best for NYC Challenge”: Small Businesses Leading the Way in Best Practices; "A Movement Is Not a Flash of Light”

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, March 20

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Banks’ Community Benefits Agreements Bring Billions in Community Reinvestment

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, March 30

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Expanding Opportunity in City Contracts: St. Paul’s Racial Equity Strategy

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, April 13

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Expanding Opportunity in City Contracts: St. Paul’s Racial Equity Strategy

America's Tomorrow Newsletter, April 27

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The Half-Trillion Dollar Tax Program That’s Driving Wealth Inequality

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