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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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  • Press Release

Speaking before a capacity-filled room of Senate staffers in the Senate Visitors Center, NLC's president, Mayor Chris Coleman of Saint Paul, Minn., spoke of the importance of education to the economic development of his…

Mayors Price, Coleman, and Jackson
Mayors Price, Coleman, and Jackson
  • Press Release

Municipal and community leaders understand that education is a driving force behind economic development, but in San Antonio it is “brainpower” that’s fueling the entire city.

From cradle to career, San Antonio is focusing on education to…

Johnson talks with Mayor Castro
Johnson talks with Mayor Castro
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by the Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor, Jacksonville, Florida. It originally appeared on the GradNation blog.

As mayor of Jacksonville, I recognize the importance of education to the success and vitality of a city.…

Diploma
Diploma
  • Press Release

Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville, Tenn. and former co-chair of NLC’s Council on Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Council) was honored last week in Washington, D.C. for his commitment and leadership on afterschool and expanded learning programs.…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

Numerous research studies document that high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities have been shown to improve student engagement with both school and community, support greater academic achievement and equip young people with the…

  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Peter Kleinbard, a consultant who works with organizations serving adolescents. This is the first post in a series that describes how organizations that operate dropout reengagement programs work with city and state…

Bridge
Bridge
  • Press Release

Saint Paul, Minn. - National League of Cities (NLC) President and Mayor of Saint Paul Chris Coleman today joined University of Minnesota youth development experts for a two-day summit with Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton to examine the…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was written by Tonja Rucker, Principal Associate for Early Childhood at NLC. The post also appears on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's blog.

Historically, education and human service systems have developed independently…

Mom and son reading
Mom and son reading
  • Press Release

Washington, D.C. - At National League of Cities' (NLC) Congressional City Conference on Monday, March 10, NLC and local leaders will join U.S. Education Sec. Arne Duncan to announce a partnership to strengthen collaboration among federal and…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

Tapping my mechanical pencil on my desk, I could feel the excitement coursing through my veins. Summer vacation started in four minutes and I could barely keep from jumping out of my chair and sprinting down the hall towards the bus lane. My…