by Joyce C. Abma, Ph.D., and Gladys M. Martinez, Ph.D., Center for Disease Control
This study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention looks at sexual activity trends in teenagers.
It finds that 42% of the female teenagers and 44% of the male teenagers had had sexual intercourse at the time of the interview. Overall, "Longer-term trends, from 1988 to 2011–2015, show declines in the percentage of teenagers who were sexually experienced." In addition, the study looked at contraceptive use, the type of relationship that exists when the teen had sex for the first time, the teen's attitudes towards becoming or getting their partner pregnant, and how each of those factors influences the earliness, frequency, and safety of teen sexual activity.
Many Republicans have lauded school choice for a number of years. In fact, the new administration's Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has strongly supported school choice.
As the new administration addresses education in the United States, it is important to understand what they mean when they say "School Choice." This fact sheet outlines the different types of school choice programs and delves into the successes and failures of some of those programs in states that have adopted school choice.
This fact sheet looks at some questions and facts about climate change. These questions include:
1) What are climate change and global warming?
2) What causes climate change and global warming?
3) What is the basic scientific proof of climate change?
4) What will happen as a result of climate change?
5) How will climate change affect me?
Climate change is one of the most important issues in our generation. Without significant changes to our carbon emissions, we run the risk of changing the world as we know it. As we discuss political issues with individuals who may or may not agree with us about this issue, it is important to enter those discussions armed with the facts.
by Mark Weisbrot, Lara Merling, Vitor Mello, Stephan Lefebvre, and Joseph Sammut, CEPR
This paper from the Center for Economic Policy Research compares the performance of the Mexican economy with that of the rest of the region and with its own economic performance, over the 23 years since NAFTA took effect, based on the available economic and social indicators. Among the results, it finds that Mexico ranks 15th out of 20 Latin American countries in growth of real GDP per person, the most basic economic measure of living standards; Mexico’s poverty rate in 2014 was higher than the poverty rate of 1994; and real (inflation-adjusted) wages were almost the same in 2014 as in 1994. It also notes that if NAFTA had been successful in restoring Mexico’s pre-1980 growth rate — when developmentalist economic policies were the norm — Mexico today would be a high-income country, with income per person comparable to Western European countries. If not for Mexico’s long-term economic failure, including the 23 years since NAFTA, it is unlikely that immigration from Mexico would have become a major political issue in the United States, since relatively few Mexicans would seek to cross the border.
Over the past 30 years, racial and ethnic minorities have entered the military in ever-increasing numbers. This report from the Department of Veterans Affairs looks at this population in both the military and as veterans.
It finds: "In 2014, minorities comprised 22.6 percent of the total Veteran population in the United States" and "By 2040, they are projected to make up 35.7 percent of all living Veterans." The report also chronicles the history of minorities in the military and as Veterans, including providing individual profiles of certain individuals in the military. It also looks at demographic features of these individuals and discusses challenges of minority Veterans in relation to VA.
"The goal of this report is to gain an understanding of who our minority Veterans are, how their military service affects their post-military lives, and how they can be better served based on these insights."