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Issue Brief

Closing the Health Care Coverage Gap in Texas: A Latino Perspective

Enrique Chaurand, (August 19, 2014)

Issue: Health Care Reform, Health
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This issue brief covers key potential benefits of Medicaid expansion on Latinos in Texas. Read More

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Readiness to Implement the Affordable Care Act in the Latino Community

Manuela McDonough and Susannah Senerchia (NCLR), Clancey Bateman, Christine Barron, Rodolfo Vega, and Jim Maxwell (JSI), (August 18, 2014)

Issue: Health, Health Care Reform
Publication Type: Issue Brief

Readiness to Implement the Affordable Care Act in the Latino Community Among Health Centers and Community-Based Organizations Community health centers (CHCs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) are well-suited to provide coverage under the Affordable Care Act for the Latino population, as these organizations utilize targeted strategies and are trusted sources of linguistically and culturally appropriate services and information. To gain a better understanding of their outreach and enrollment strategies and their needs, NCLR and John Snow, Inc. (JSI) conducted a national survey of Latino-serving CHCs and CBOs. The survey examined how the organizations provided or planned to provide outreach, enrollment, and... Read More

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Giving Them an Edge? The Effects of Work Experience on the Employment Prospects of Latino Young Men

Catherine Singley Harvey, (June 11, 2014)

Issue: Economy and Employment
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This brief summarizes the results of NCLR’s quantitative analysis of the marginal effects of work experience on the employment prospects of millennials. It focuses on Latino young men, offering an overview of the structural barriers, an investigation of whether and to what extent additional work experience gives millennials a competitive edge in today’s hypercompetitive labor market, and recommendations to ensure that they fully leverage their work to maximize their potential in the labor market. In particular, this brief will examine the labor market outcomes of Latinos, the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the American labor force. Read More

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Medicaid Expansion in Florida: A Latino Perspective

Enrique Chaurand, (May 22, 2014)

Issue: Health Care Reform, Health Care Stories
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This policy brief highlights current failure to expand Medicaid in Florida under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had a disparate, adverse impact on the health of the Latino community. Read More

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Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success:  Best Practices in Language Instruction

Erika Beltrán and NCLR, (August 23, 2012)

Issue: Early Childhood Education, Education
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This policy brief highlights the importance of intentional language instruction for Hispanic children, particularly ELLs, highlights a best practice in the field, and concludes with policy recommendations for bringing successful programs to scale. Read More

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Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success:  Best Practices in Family Engagement

Erika Beltrán and NCLR, (August 23, 2012)

Issue: Education, Early Childhood Education
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This policy brief discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with family engagement strategies, highlights a best practice in the field, and concludes with policy recommendations for bringing these programs to scale. Read More

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Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success:  Best Practices in Assessments

Erika Beltrán and NCLR, (August 23, 2012)

Issue: Education, Early Childhood Education
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This policy brief highlights the importance of developing effective assessments for young ELLs, highlights a best practice in the field, and concludes with policy recommendations which highlight how to bring effective practices to scale. Read More

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Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success:  Best Practices in Professional Development

Karen Hopper and NCLR, (August 23, 2012)

Issue: Education, Early Childhood Education
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This policy brief examines the importance of professional development as it applies to high-quality instruction for young Latino and ELL students and how it can be provided within the context of current workforce constraints. Read More

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The Impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the Latino Community

A. Elena Lacayo and NCLR, (August 12, 2010)

Issue: Immigration, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: Issue Brief

The recent signing of Arizona SB 1070 and subsequent reactions to the law have brought significant attention to the dangers of state-level immigration enforcement and the urgent need for comprehensive federal immigration reform.  One antecedent of the law is the federal law known as section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Read More

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A Teacher’s Guide to State English Language Learner Assessment and Accountability

NCLR with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, (October 28, 2009)

Issue: Education
Publication Type: Issue Brief

Assessing English language learner (ELL) students and including them appropriately in accountability systems is a complex process.  Too little research and too few answers currently guide assessment and accountability policies for ELL students.  Despite these challenges, we know based on anecdotal evidence and real data that we are not serving ELL students well. Read More

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Reducing Poverty for Latino Seniors

Luisa Grillo-Chope and NCLR, (February 5, 2009)

Issue: Social Security
Publication Type: Issue Brief

The importance of Social Security to Latinos cannot be ignored:  in 2004, 43% of older Hispanics who received Social Security relied on it as their sole source of income.  This issue brief provides background on the Social Security Special Minimum Benefit, pending legislation and White House initiatives for reforming a minimum benefit, and the issues and challenges Latinos face for benefit adequacy within the Social Security system. Read More

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Health Tax Incentives:  Healthy Choices or Bad Medicine?

Kara D. Ryan and NCLR, (January 15, 2009)

Issue: Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: Issue Brief

Currently, millions of American lives are at risk because, for the uninsured, even the most basic medical care is unaffordable.  With an uninsurance rate of one in three (32.1%), Latinos are the Americans most in need of new options for access to health care.  This report analyzes several policies, known as health tax incentives, that have been proposed to address the broken health coverage system.  NCLR finds that, if carefully crafted, some health tax incentives have promise to reduce uninsurance in the Latino community.  The effectiveness of any proposal, however, depends on policymakers’ willingness to tackle the serious barriers that... Read More

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Latino Credit Card Use:  Debt Trap or Ticket to Prosperity?

Beatriz Ibarra and Eric Rodriguez, (February 15, 2007)

Issue: Credit Cards, Wealth Building
Publication Type: Issue Brief

Moving Latino families into the ranks of the American middle class will undoubtedly entail more Hispanic workers having access to and using credit cards.  It is imperative that policy-makers and experts have a better understanding of the Latino experience and perspective if effective policies are to be developed and implemented.  Accordingly, this issue brief examines how the structure of the market and credit card industry policies and practices impact Hispanic access to affordable credit and the lack of regulatory oversight in the market.  Finally, the brief will provide policy recommendations for empowering and protecting Hispanic consumers. Read More

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Jeopardizing Hispanic Homeownership:  Predatory Practices in the Homebuying Market

Janis Bowdler, (May 25, 2005)

Issue: Housing, Financial Services, Wealth Building
Publication Type: Issue Brief

For many American families, homeownership is the most important vehicle for building wealth.  This is especially true for Latinos, whose wealth levels lag behind those of non-Hispanic Whites by more than ten to one, which is largely attributable to differences in homeownership and home equity.  This issue brief examines the home mortgage market as it serves, or does not serve, Latino consumers.  Where deficiencies in the market exist, the environment is ripe for predatory lending—a collection of unethical lending products and practices that erode the hard-earned equity gains achieved by homeownership. Read More

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Financial Education in Latino Communities:  An Analysis of Programs, Products, and Results/Effects

NCLR, (December 9, 2004)

Issue: Financial Counseling, Financial Services
Publication Type: Issue Brief

In recent years, there has been a considerable rise in public attention on the issues of financial education and financial literacy.  Changes within financial markets have created more options for consumers while record-high household and credit card debt as well as a striking increase in bankruptcy filings have elicited greater public concern.  For Latinos, financial education is an especially important subject because many remain disconnected from mainstream financial institutions in the United States, and experience with financial tools is essential to long-term economic growth, prosperity, and wealth. Read More

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Immigration Reform:  Comprehensive Solutions for Complex Problems

Michele Waslin, Ph.D., (December 12, 2004)

Issue: Immigration, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: Issue Brief

In 2004 the national debate on immigration reform was reignited as President Bush and several members of Congress of both political parties introduced immigration reform proposals.  While the specific content from the proposals varies, nearly everyone from all sides of the immigration debate agrees that the current system is not functioning well, is not in the best interests of the U.S., and needs to be reformed.  While the current immigration system appears generous and reasonable on paper, it is not in tune with current economic or social realities.  Many immigrants who have no legal channels to arrive and work in... Read More

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Hispanic Families and The Earned Income Tax Credit

Sandra Gallardo and Eric Rodriguez, (April 29, 2000)

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Publication Type: Issue Brief

This issue brief is intended to bring attention to the importance of the EITC to Hispanic and other low-wage workers and outline several important steps toward improving the credit for families.  The issue brief provides background on the EITC adn presents relevant data and research with respect to the EITC's impact on Hispanic families.  The discussion that follows also outlines the successes and shortcomings of the EITC and provides several idea on how it could be more effective and relevant for today's workers.  The issue brief examines the Clinton administration's recent expansion proposal and calls on researchers and policymakers to... Read More

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The No Child Left Behind Act

Raul González, (July 29, 2002)

Issue: Education, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This issue brief examines how the No Child Left Behind Act may impact Latino students, families, and communities.  It paints a broad picture of what state and local educators must consider as they attempt to implement this legislation.  Specifically, this paper provides a short, recent history of the standards movement in Congress, discusses challenges in implementing these reforms as they relate to Hispanic students, and provides recommendations for state and local policy-makers. Read More

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Counterterrorism and the Latino Community Since September 11

Michele Waslin, Ph.D., (May 29, 2003)

Issue: Immigration, Policy and Legislation
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This issue brief documents the impact of counterterrorism measures and policies implemented since September 11, 2001, on the Latino population.  First, it provides background on the post-September 11 environment.  Second, it examines the new anti-terrorist policies that have had harmful consequences for U.S. Latinos.  Third, it looks at other new immigration enforcement activities that have had a negative impact on the Latino community.  Fourth, this brief focuses on the need to return to the affirmative immigration reform agenda.  Finally, it offers conclusions and recommendations about the future of U.S. immigration policy. Read More

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Financial Insecurity Amid Growing Wealth:  Why Healthier Savings Is Essential to Latino Prosperity

Amy Friedrich and Eric Rodriguez, (August 29, 2001)

Issue: Wealth Building
Publication Type: Issue Brief

This issue brief examines the issues and factors that contribute to lower savings for Hispanic Americans.  The brief summarizes relevant research and data and highlights strategies that promise to increase savings among Hispanic workers and families.  The brief concludes with policy recommendations for improving efforts to promote and assist Hispanics in saving money and improving their economic mobility. Read More

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