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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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In 2008, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter set a community wide goal of increasing high school graduation rates to 80% from 53% in 2007. The secondary goal was to increase baccalaureate attainment rates by 2017. City leaders…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Medical professionals and educators use developmental screenings to determine whether children are learning basic skills at expected ages or experiencing significant developmental delays. When such delays go unrecognized, as happens far too often…

  • CitiesSpeak

NLC’s 2016 Reengagement census suggests a very positive return on investment for cities that pursue a systematic approach to academic reenrollment programs.

The newest census of dropout reengagement programs from…

photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
photo - For Students Dropped Out of School, Local Reenrollment Programs Actually Work
  • CitiesSpeak

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are…

photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
  • CitiesSpeak

Competing in a global economy demands that we continue supporting manufacturing areas by providing skilled workers with certificates and degrees from qualified community and technical colleges.

This is a guest…

photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
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“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor…

photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
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The quality of public schools and the long-term prospects of cities – almost every local elected official knows that these two things are closely linked. The connection is based in part on the central role that schools play in building stable…

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School building
  • CitiesSpeak

City teams heard from a panel of three national experts about the area where workplace and economic support policies intersect with early childhood education.

Earlier this month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education,…

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student
  • CitiesSpeak

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, we often feature TED Talks focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week’s talk is presented by Elizabeth Cauffman, Professor…

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