2014-2015 Policy Research Project: Fighting a New War on Poverty

At the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, Policy Research Projects (PRP) are where real world policy and academic research converge for our graduate students. CFRP Director and LBJ Associate Professor, Dr. Cynthia Osborne  and her students tackle “The New War on Poverty” in her 2014-2015 PRP.

Although approximately the same proportion of our population is poor today as it was when President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty in 1964, the face of poverty is quite different. Many of the bold initiatives that LBJ put in place made a huge impact, but we still have a ways to go to ensure that children have the opportunities they deserve to achieve the American dream.

Dr. Osborne challenged her students to create a new, realistic agenda for fighting poverty and ensuring social mobility today. The new agenda was shared at the LBJ Schools culminating events for the 50 on 50 celebration of LBJ’s legacy in April 2015 – the briefs of each agenda item are below .

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The “Fighting a New War on Poverty” PRP is also highlighted in the LBJ School’s innovative Video Journal Series, including a personal conversation with LBJ’s top domestic aide, Joseph Califano: