K-12 Education

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New York City Teachers Union Dodging Accountability

January 31, 2013
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January 17 marked the deadline for the New York City’s teachers union and city officials to reach an agreement on a system to evaluate 75,000 public school teachers. They failed to compromise and as a result, the city risks losing up to $450 million in state aid and grants and increases the possibility of cuts to staff and programs, clearly impacting students.

Citi Foundation's Commitment to College Success

January 17, 2013
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Since 2001, the Citi Foundation has partnered with College Summit, a nationally recognized nonprofit that works with educators, students, and partner high schools to increase the college-going of low-income students. Through its college success portfolio, the Citi Foundation supports programs that increase the number of low- to moderate-income secondary school students who are meeting the academic, financial, and social milestones to enroll in and complete postsecondary education.

New Year’s Resolutions for Congress

December 28, 2012
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Usually this time of year, we dedicate this space to our annual plea to Santa Claus with all the things we had hoped to find under our tree. Despite being good boys and girls for several years now, our list is still mostly untouched and unfulfilled. Since Santa is apparently a selfish bloke, we’re taking our wish list to a slightly less miserly entity—Congress.

Creating Solutions and Pathways to Success

December 27, 2012
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A sound economy, thriving business sector, and commitment to equal opportunity are three factors that have played a vital role in developing and maintaining the United States’ position as a world leader. We must remain committed to these factors to ensure our continued global success, and to do that, we must cultivate our greatest resource—the people who live and work here.

Closing America’s Skills Gap

January 1, 2013
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In the November 2011 State of Young America poll conducted by Young Invincibles and Dēmos, half of Americans aged 18 to 34 surveyed said they expected to be worse off than their parents. Even more disconcerting, more than three-quarters of those surveyed believed that the American middle class was disappearing. The bleak moods behind these findings are unsettling at best—alarming at worst—and are underscored by the latest Center for Labor Market Studies research indicating that teen and young adult employment rates have dropped to a new post-World War II low.

Charter School Growth Due to Lagging Results

November 30, 2012

It has been twenty years since the first charter school opened in Minnesota. Over the last two decades, many states across the nation have acknowledged the urgent need to disrupt the public education system in a way that improves student achievement through innovation. On November 6, 2012, voters in Washington and Georgia voted in favor of expanding charter schools in their states.