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Students taking an exam

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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Many cities have made ensuring all young children start kindergarten ready to succeed a top priority – and this will only happen when parents are a part of the equation.

Parents are key stakeholders who know…

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mom and child
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City leaders are increasingly embracing the strategy of afterschool and summer learning to help expand enrichment opportunities for youth and address a broad range of issues such as academic success, public safety, workforce preparedness,…

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Sitting on bench
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As our 2016 State of the Cities report shows, mayors across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the link between a strong local economy and investment in programs that help residents build workforce skills.

Economic development…

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Neward
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When those closest to students collaboratively use data, students are given individualized opportunities that enable them to excel.

Too often, education happens in siloes. Programs and funding streams are separate, schools and afterschool…

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Bridge
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Throughout this two-year project, our Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will delve into cities’ work on early childhood workforce issues, highlight successes across the country, and bring together local leaders around these issues.…

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teacher
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The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) was able to match 200 of those disengaged young adults with appropriate education programs, with a “stick rate”  (the percentage of people who remain in their education program for the academic year) of 74…

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The MacArthur Foundation today announced, as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, it has awarded nearly $25 million in support for ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.…

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street
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The advanced industry sector represents a potential source of great economic prosperity for cities – but only if city leaders can invest in its vitality.

According to a recent report published by the Brookings Institution, “Advanced…

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manufacturing
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The YEF Council Education Playbook provides examples of 27 action steps taken by select U.S. cities to provide greater resources and opportunities for their communities and for youth from early childhood to postsecondary success.

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classroom
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These are the key recommendations to help your city grow the maker movement.

This is an excerpt from NLC’s report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and…

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carpentry