ERIC Number: ED284843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Bringing down the Barriers. Making America Work. Productive People, Productive Policies.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research and Analysis.
This book presents policy recommendations for ensuring the success of American citizens in the areas of welfare prevention, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, adult literacy, and alcohol and drug abuse. Welfare prevention strategies involve reduction of welfare dependency and targeting of resources and programs that reduce the need for families to resort to the welfare system. Dropout prevention strategies encompass individual consideration of students' cultural, language, and family backgrounds in instructional development, development of early-warning mechanisms, and school staff trained to work with at-risk students. Key recommendations regarding teen pregnancy encompass dealing with other problems that sometimes lead to early sexual activity and unawareness and unaccountability among young teenagers. Adult literacy recommendations consider the need for program productivity and accountability, improvement of workplace literacy, and parent and child literacy programs. Recommendations aimed at decreasing alcohol and drug abuse include comprehensive programs for all age groups, training of teachers and social workers to spot problems at an early stage, and increasing coverage for treatment. The role of the federal government as a partner with states to develop strategies promoting self-sufficiency are discussed. (CB)
Descriptors: Community Role, Dropout Prevention, Drug Abuse, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Literacy, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, School Role, State Programs, Welfare Services
National Governors' Association, Hall of the States, 444 North Capitol St., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20001 ($15.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Policy Research and Analysis.