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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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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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Editor's note: The article below describes how Boston has established a wide range of educational options that have increased graduation rates and better prepared students for college.  Attendees at the 2012 Congress of Cities and Exposition to…

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With support from Lumina Foundation, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) is launching the second phase of an initiative to help cities boost local college completion rates.…

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A major new report developed by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) offers city leaders a detailed guide for building management information systems in order to coordinate local afterschool programs more effectively…

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Yesterday, at a conference in Denver, the National Civic League (NCL) announced the winners of its 2012 All-America City Grade-Level Reading Award, recognizing 14 communities that have developed ambitious, collaborative plans to help more…

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by Michael Karpman

Mayoral leadership to boost local college completion rates is both a recent and growing phenomenon, often spurred by dual goals of attracting and retaining high-wage employers and promoting equity by enhancing the…

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With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families is providing technical and financial assistance to nine statewide afterschool networks…

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by Imani Hope

"The mayor should be the most obvious person to lead the charge for education, regardless of who has control over the schools," said Memphis, Tenn., Mayor A. C. Wharton, Jr., last Wednesday to a large group of mayoral…

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