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Assaults on Transit Workers Have Tripled in the Past 15 Years. Income Inequality and Societal Tensions Have Contributed.An increase in assaults on transit workers has contributed to operator shortages, preventing many agencies from offering high-quality transit services. Proposed Census Changes Would Drastically Undercount Disabled AmericansAn accurate estimate is critical to ensuring adequate federal funding for programs that support people with disabilities. How States Can Narrow the Latina Benefit and Wage GapState governments can improve job quality among Latina workers by expanding access to health care, retirement plans, and child care. Understanding Local Opportunities for Upward Mobility Requires Pairing Data with Community EngagementUrban’s Mobility Metrics can help local policymakers identify barriers to mobility from poverty in their communities and develop solutions. A New Federal Proposal to Collect Data on College Students’ Parenting Status Can Build on Emerging Best PracticeParenting students are strong students but complete degrees at lower rates than nonparenting peers. Additional data collection can help colleges and other education stakeholders close equity gaps. First-Generation Homebuyers Face Significant Obstacles to Homeownership. To Help, Programs Can Define What “First-Generation” Means.Thousands of down payment assistance programs already exist for prospective homebuyers, but programs targeted toward first-generation homebuyers could help households without intergenerational wealth.