Students taking an exam
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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  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

  • Case Studies & Practices

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…

  • CitiesSpeak

Communities can succeed in ensuring that all students achieve their full potential when parents and families are fully engaged as partners and allies. 

Earlier this month, I had the chance to spend two days in Madison, Wisconsin with…

Girls reading
Girls reading
  • CitiesSpeak

Mayors and community leaders alike recognize that a high quality education system spurs economic development, reduces crime and lifts families out of poverty.

Over the last decade,…

Mayor reading
Mayor reading
  • CitiesSpeak

Reno, Nev., joins the growing number of cities across the country that are using reengagement centers to address the needs of young people who have left high school.

“Two staff members of the Reengagement Center provided my only…

Washoe County Reengagement Center
Washoe County Reengagement Center
  • Press Release

Educators and parents from all walks of life know that the African proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child," gets it right. To become thriving members of any community, young people need more than just the love of their guardians or the…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

Elected officials and city staff from across the country gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., last month for a retreat-style training program aimed at strengthening and enhancing their work as local leaders. This year's NLC University Annual…

Press Release
Press Release