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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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With local officials focusing on postsecondary education to improve the city's high unemployment rate, Las Vegas local leaders formulated a unique idea for a partnership. In 2008, residents in…

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With former Mayor Ron Loveridge as the convener and champion of postsecondary completion, Riverside is seeing enormous gains through its Completion Counts program. When the city found that only 17.5% of cohorts in the Alvord and Riverside Unified…

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Providing meals for children through federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs is a win-win opportunity for cities. Cities benefit by bringing more federal funds into their neighborhoods, and can improve the health and well-being of low-income…

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Opening the 2014 Reengagement Plus convening in Portland, Oregon last week, I observed that the Reengagement Network deserves a moment of quiet celebration. Quiet because of recent tragic events in several communities directly affecting…

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To address a gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Mayor Tom Bates co-founded the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership in December 2007 along with neighboring mayors, UC-Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National…

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An offshoot of the larger Fast Forward initiative, PeopleFirst identifies and promotes innovative education and workforce development programs. With Mayor A.C. Wharton's support, the goal of PeopleFirst is to create and maintain a framework so…

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When he was developing his city's postsecondary success agenda, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay knew that a regional approach would be crucial. Colleges that educate and businesses that hire may be in neighboring towns, and creating partnerships…

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Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams made a commitment to education. He sought to increase the high school completion rate by 50% and double the number of youth who go on to postsecondary education or training. With Portland boasting Oregon's largest…

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Realizing that improving education outcomes for its youth is crucial to future economic success, New York City is pushing for policy and attitude change towards college with the Graduate NYC! program. With the support of a $3million, three-year…

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Although New Haven serves as the home of one of the world's premier universities, former Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., understood that the city's achievement gap and high dropout rates presented obstacles to improved economic stability. To…