The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

In this week's briefing: highlights from NLC alumni and community, progressive policy and news updates, and more. 

Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

June 16, 2017


Highlights from the NLC Network

The Rivard Report: New Leaders Council in San Antonio Grooming Future City Policymakers

Marcela Betancur (Rhode Island ’14): In Rhode Island, Some Schools Think They Have the Right to Spy on Students with School Laptops
Read the blog post via ACLU Blog

NLC Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Tim Kaine joins Pod Save the World to discuss congressional authorization of the use of force.

Events & Fellowship

NLC Institute
  • The NLC Institute is the leading training program for progressive young professionals. NLC Fellows are equipped with the skills to run for office, manage campaigns, launch a business or start a nonprofit. From strategic communications to fundraising,  entrepreneurship to coalition management, NLC Fellows master all the skills needed to lead the next generation.

NLC National Leadership Retreat 
  • July 20-22; Pittsburgh, PA

  • Please join New Leaders Council for its annual National Leadership Retreat in Pittsburgh, PA. NLC chapter leadership, alumni and members of the progressive community will meet in Pittsburgh this summer, July 20-22nd to unite, act, and rise. Attendees will be a play a crucial role in charting NLC's course for the future. The annual retreat in Pittsburgh will unite the NLC community around a shared vision for our future, inspire us to act, and rise to meet the obstacles as we work to build a more progressive America. 
NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation
  • September 15-16; Chicago, IL
  • Please join NLC for the NLC Millennial Compact National Conversation presented with NewDEAL Leaders. Millennial leaders, elected officials, and thought leaders will convene to discuss the innovative issues in the NLC Millennial Compact written by and for millennial leaders. Attendees will hear from keynotes speakers, network with rising star elected officials and NLC's network of millennial leaders. An agenda of the days' events will be available soon.
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Bipartisan Policy Institute: Promoting Affordability and Accountability in the U.S. Higher Education System

  • June 20; 10:00 am - 11:30 am; Washington, DC
  • Join us for a discussion with university presidents on rising costs and the higher education system. The discussion will focus on how states, institutions of higher education, and the federal government can work to promote affordability and accountability. The American higher education system is plagued with skyrocketing costs and lackluster graduation rates. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed displeasure with the status quo. With re-authorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, there exists potential for bipartisan reforms that improve the post-secondary education system for American students and their families.
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The Brookings Institution: The lamppost theory: Why economic policy so often comes up short

  • June 20; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; Washington, D.C.
  • On June 20, Blinder, Barney Frank, and Vin Weber will discuss the lamppost theory (the subject of Blinder’s forthcoming book), what politicians and economists can learn from each other, and what this all means for the prospects for tax reform in 2017. After a moderated discussion, the speakers will take questions from the audience.
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Policy & News

Center for American Progress: How Middle-Class and Working Families Could Lose Under the Trump Tax Plan


Progressive Policy Institute: Rotherham for US News, “Education Needs Big Ideas”


The Brookings Institution: Would price transparency for generic drugs lower costs for payers and patients?

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Case for Public Trustees of Social Security and Medicare
The Walton Family Foundation: Removing Barriers: Special Education Program Provides Vital Services in NOLA

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