1. Dropout Rate
Is societal change needed for graduation rates to rise?
Are successful local dropout programs viable nationwide?
Are the federal government’s efforts to raise graduation rates working?
Fewer “Dropout Factories”
Outlook: Striving for 90 Percent
2. Race and Education
Was court-ordered school desegregation effective?
Have charter schools and school choice laws increased racial separation?
Has teacher tenure contributed to racial disparities in education?
Brown v. Board of Education
LAND USE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
3. Coastal Development
Should state and local governments block coastal development?
Can the federal flood insurance program be fixed?
Does New York City need floodgates?
Outlook: Resilient Coastlines
4. Air Pollution and Climate Change
Is President Obama’s Clean Power Plan good policy?
Is the EPA’s new ozone standard good policy?
Can renewable energy become a major contributor to the power industry?
5. Police Tactics
Do SWAT teams and military tactics and weaponry have a place in policing?
Has police use of military-style tactics increased tensions with minority communities?
Do body cameras prevent police misconduct?
Outlook: Re-engineering Police Culture
6. Racial Profiling
Are racial- and ethnic-profiling prevalent in U.S. law enforcement today?
Do aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics help reduce crime?
Should courts take a leading role in combating police racial and ethnic profiling?
An ‘Indefensible’ Practice
Mixed Results for Prosecutors
Outlook: Regaining Trust?
7. Fighting Gangs
Is the gang threat growing?
Is banning street gangs from congregating an effective anti-gang strategy?
Can former gang members help quell street violence?
Outlook: Growing Sophistication
RACE, CLASS, AND ETHNICITY
8. Racial Conflict
Would improving police interactions with African-Americans significantly advance race relations in America?
Would new laws and government programs reduce institutional racism?
Does government need to recommit to school desegregation?
‘White Affirmative Action’
9. Housing the Homeless
Does unemployment cause most homelessness?
Is Housing First the best way to keep people from reverting to homelessness?
Should homeless families receive bigger or longer-lasting housing subsidies?
10. Wealth and Inequality
Does income inequality hamper economic growth?
Are parental background and inheritance becoming more important for success?
Should the wealthy be taxed more?
Outlook: ‘Oligarchic Evolution’
11. Housing Discrimination
Are current government policies contributing to residential segregation?
Are current real estate and lending practices contributing to residential segregation?
Can local officials do more to reduce racial segregation in housing?
Outlook: Political Challenges
12. Fighting Urban Poverty
Would more federal aid reduce poverty in urban areas?
Do federal housing programs alleviate urban poverty?
Should the business community play a larger role in solving urban poverty?