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Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support youth education beginning with pre-school, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

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Education lifts people up and strengthens cities. There are very few challenges that cannot be solved by a focus on education. - Michael Nutter, mayor, Philadelphia, Pa.

At NLC’s recent Congressional City Conference, NLC President Chris…

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Washington, D.C. - At National League of Cities' (NLC) Congressional City Conference on Monday, March 10, NLC and local leaders will join U.S. Education Sec. Arne Duncan to announce a partnership to strengthen collaboration among federal and…

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Community Conversations to Focus on Closing Achievement Gap, Improving Student Outcomes

Washington, D.C. - Today at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U…

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New Orleans, La. - Following President Barack Obama's announcement today introducing the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, the mayors of Cities United issued the following statement from their inaugural meeting in New Orleans, La.:

"The…

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Tapping my mechanical pencil on my desk, I could feel the excitement coursing through my veins. Summer vacation started in four minutes and I could barely keep from jumping out of my chair and sprinting down the hall towards the bus lane. My…

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NLC is proud to announce its continued partnership with The Wallace Foundation. Through a new communication grant, NLC is working to equip city leaders with the knowledge to create, expand and improve afterschool opportunities in their…

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WHAT: National League of Cities' annual Congressional City Conference brings together more than 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. The conference, held March 8…

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More than 82% of U.S. manufacturers say they are having trouble finding the skilled labor they need to fill tens of thousands of jobs.  As reported by CNBC today, this is the situation that a St. Paul textile manufacturer found itself in…

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This article originally appeared on Data-Smart City Solutions.

"Leak the knowledge of the neighborhood into codified systems, like a backward Wikileak. Activate a citizenry."

— Saskia Sassen, MIT senseABLE City Engaging Data…

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At its second national meeting in 2012, the NLC Dropout Reengagement Network set out a number of ambitious goals for itself. These included extending the outreach of the Network further; creating a sense of urgency around the need for…