9/11 commissioners to discuss lessons learned this week at IU Auditorium

Lee Hamilton A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States will gather this week at Indiana University for a public discussion of subsequent history and lessons learned. They will visit campus at the invitation of Lee H. Hamilton, who directs the Center on Congress at IU and was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission.  Full Story

IU Northwest partners with Gary youth in hopes of inspiring community activism

Cochran, Kyle

Experts say Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood is on its way up. The South Side community, once booming, then fallen and deteriorating, is now experiencing an economic revival. Those deeply invested in the community development of Northwest Indiana, like Indiana University Northwest's Earl Jones, are confident that same revitalization can be realized in Gary through the region's collective vision, energy and resources.

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Sociologists explore the changing meaning of 'No Child Left Behind'

Education Gap

How did the "No Child Left Behind" law come to be seen as "leaving children behind"? Indiana University researchers Tim Hallett and Emily Meanwell addressed the question last month at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. They said education accountability policies are not an abstract set of mandates but an "inhabited institution," where interactions matter.

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When a terrorist dies, closure expectations are revived -- but what is closure?

Jody Madeira

Commentators said the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 finally brought "closure" to America nearly 10 years after 9/11. But for victims of the attacks, there's likely no such clear-cut resolution, writes Jody Lyneé Madeira, associate professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

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VISTA Fellows program launched by IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Vista Fellows

Seven graduate students from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs are the first participants in the SPEA VISTA Fellows Program, a unique initiative in which the students will gain valuable skills and experience while working full time with anti-poverty organizations and agencies in Indiana and around the U.S.

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CEEP report surveys school choice across the nation, calls for neutrality in the implementation of Indiana's plan

No Child Left Behind

Establishing a neutral entity to gather information on the performance of schools and their unique cultures to help families navigate school choice options is among the recommendations of a new report issued by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University.

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First broad survey of Indiana's 'green' employment finds 46,879 such jobs in Indiana

Electric Car

A new survey of employers found that Indiana has 46,879 jobs that directly can be considered "green." Green jobs -- so defined when the primary occupation leads to generating a firm's green-related products or services -- account for 1.7 percent of the state's total employment.

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Previous issue


The August 2011 issue of Perspectives on Policy reports on an IU policy brief explaining the per capita income gap between Indiana and the nation. Also featured are an essay by two faculty members on current education reform efforts and articles about the return of the journal Public Administration Review to IU, a regional mayors' conference at IU Kokomo, research on global water sustainability, a grant for IU regional campuses from Complete College America, and new Census data for Indiana.

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