The New Center produces innovative, center-leaning ideas and analyses for topics ranging from health care and governance to economy and defense. We strive to find balanced solutions to America's toughest issues and bring nonpartisanship back to policy.
10,000 Charters: A Bold Proposal to Revitalize K-12 Education
February 14, 2022
Amid a pandemic that has broken many of our public schools, parents are hungry for fixes to public schools that aren’t preparing some kids—particularly those from disadvantaged communities—for the future. This paper explains why now is the time to set an ambitious new goal for building 10,000 new charter schools in America over the next ten years.
Is Universal Pre-K the Answer?
November 22, 2021
Despite the fact that pre-K has proven to have positive effects on children, the national, universal pre-K program proposed in the reconciliation bill may not be the best way to help our kids. In this paper, The New Center examines the pre-K literature to determine how the U.S. might promote the long-term learning and development of our youngest citizens.
Inclusive Capitalism: Expand the Table and Add a Seat
October 21, 2021
Despite continued worries about COVID-19, inflation, and supply chain issues, the U.S. economy and the labor market remain surprisingly strong. However, the over $5 trillion in COVID relief funds that Congress has appropriated since March 2020 won’t last forever. As America looks toward a post-pandemic world, Washington needs an equal focus on both growing the economy and making it more inclusive.
How to End the Voting Wars
September 23, 2021
America is in the midst of a voting war. Mistrust in our elections—largely a recent phenomenon—is partly to blame. But to end this war, we need to shift away from partisan talking points and focus on which voting and election policies best balance the equally important imperatives of expanding voter access and enhancing the integrity of our electoral system.
How Can Americans Live Longer, Healthier Lives?
August 27, 2021
Why does America have so much trouble keeping people healthy? Much of the stagnation of U.S. life expectancy, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, can be attributed to high rates of chronic illness like heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. When nearly 70% of U.S. deaths can be attributed to a chronic disease, preventative care could be the most revolutionary reform to the American healthcare system.
Foreign Policy Challenges Facing The Biden Administration: Asia
May 13, 2021
In this installment of The New Center’s foreign policy primer series, we take a look at the challenges and flashpoints in Asia that President Biden can expect to face early on in his administration.
The Path to A Bipartisan Infrastructure Solution
May 5, 2021
Infrastructure is a two-party problem that demands a two-party solution. But getting there will require creative thinking to determine which investments we should prioritize and how to pay for them. This paper from The New Center provides a bold and bipartisan plan for rebuilding and investing in America.
No, Really: America Needs a Space Force
April 14, 2021
Space has become increasingly critical to military operations since the 1960s, but in 2019, the Trump administration announced the creation of a Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Services with a grand new slogan—Semper Supra, meaning “Always Above.” Does America need a stand alone agency, or is this just political posturing?
K-12 Education: The Consequences of Ignoring Civics and Life Skills
March 22, 2021
This policy paper examines three subject areas in which U.S. schools are failing their students, and discusses ways to ensure that students graduate with the tools they need to fully participate in our democracy and succeed in the real world.