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New York State’s Language Barrier

Data - January 2015

New York State’s Language Barrier

Nearly every corner of New York State is experiencing a spike in immigrants—with the fastest growth occurring upstate—but funding for ESOL classes has not kept pace.

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Data - September 2014

Data from Re-Envisioning New York's Branch Libraries

Charts and tables from our Re-Envsioning New York's Branch Libraries report which found that while more New Yorkers than ever are using the city’s public libraries, a significant share of the branches suffer from major physical defects and are poorly configured for how New Yorkers are using libraries today. The report provides a comprehensive blueprint for bringing these vital community institutions into the 21st Century.

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

Impact - April 2013

CUF Report About NYC's Libraries Sparks New Proposal From Speaker Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a new proposal to harness the incredible power of New York City's branch libraries. The proposal was sparked by our January 2013 Branches of Opportunity report about the increasingly important role that the city's public libraries are playing in communities around the five boroughs.

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Data - January 2013

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major January 2013 report on NYC's public libraries. The report found that public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

Data from Bad English

Data - January 2012

Data from Bad English

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's January 2012 policy brief which found that communities from Albany and Syracuse to Queens and Staten Island are experiencing an influx of immigrants, many of whom lack English proficiency—but the number of state-funded ESOL classes has declined in recent years.

Mayor's State of City Speech Echoes CUF Recommendations on ESOL Programs & Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Impact - January 2010

Mayor's State of City Speech Echoes CUF Recommendations on ESOL Programs & Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Over the past four years, CUF has repeatedly argued that limited English skills among the city's immigrant workforce are both a barrier for countless New Yorkers to advance in their careers and a constraint on New York's economic competitiveness. In his State of the City Speech last week, Mayor Bloomberg forcefully embraced many of our findings and recommendations.