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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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Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity in education and the most-watched TED Conference speaker of all-time, will keynote NLC's 2013 National Summit on Your City's Families on Wednesday,…

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Mayoral education advisors from more than 30 cities had the opportunity to exchange ideas with federal officials and national experts at last week's annual meeting of the Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN…

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This is the first in a series of articles highlighting municipal leadership for children and families in communities with 75,000 people or less, drawing on examples from a new NLC report available at www.nlc.org/smallcities. 

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The National League of Cities, in partnership with the American Council on Germany (ACG), offers the John J. McCloy Fellowship in Urban Affairs each year.  The four Fellowships are awarded to mid-career local government professional staff and to…

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"Let's get our most disadvantaged kids across the finish line!" said U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter in reference to the many low-income American students who are striving to complete their postsecondary educations.

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As first appeared in Education Week April 24, 2013. Reprinted with permission from the authors.

No longer can leaders of American cities be spectators when it comes to ensuring that our children have the education and skills necessary to…

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a comprehensive strategy to rebuild, repair or refurbish 300 playgrounds in communities across Chicago, the city's first major park rehabilitation effort in 20 years. The city will implement this strategy,…

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City officials are invited to apply for a new, 16-month technical assistance initiative focused on improving education, work and family outcomes for black men and boys.  Sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families with support…

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NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul, MN, addressed more than 500 researchers, educators, elected officials and other national and community leaders who gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday for…

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Every day, a young person picks up a gun and shoots.  From 2008 to 2009, 5,740 children and teens died from guns in the United States —one child or teen every three hours, eight every day and 55 every week for two years.  Six…

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