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ERIC Number: ED503739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Educating America: The President's Initiatives for High School, Higher Education and Job Training
Executive Office of the President
Only one-third of America's workforce has any post-secondary education, yet 60% of new jobs in the 21st century require higher education. The President has set a new national goal to ensure that every high school student graduates and is ready for the workplace or college. While No Child Left Behind will prepare a new generation of students with the knowledge they need to succeed, more can be done to improve American high schools to meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce. President Bush has proposed initiatives to ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared to enter college or the workforce with the skills needed to succeed, including: (1) Striving Readers Initiative to provide competitive grants to schools to give extra help to middle and high school students who fall behind in reading; (2) Increased funding for the Mathematics and Science Partnership Program; (3) Expanding Advanced Placement programs for Low-Income Schools; (4) Incentive program to draw more professionals from the private sector to become Math and Science Teachers; (5) Increased funding for the State Scholars program; (6) Redirection of the Perkins Vocational Education program will be redirected into the new Secondary and Technical Education program; and (7) High School Accountability by calling on states to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 12th graders to ensure that students graduating from high school have the skills they need to succeed in post-secondary education or careers. Many of the fastest-growing occupations require strong math and science preparation and training beyond the high school level. Building off the high school initiatives, the President's higher education proposals have been developed to ensure college students are better prepared, provided greater access to college, and are more successful in completing a post-secondary education. Proposals for higher education include: (1) Increased funding for Enhanced Pell Grants and Help for Low-Income Students; (2) Presidential Math and Science Scholars Fund, a new public-private partnership to provide $100 million in grants to low-income students who study math or science beginning in 2006; (3) Loan Forgiveness for Teachers, for highly qualified math, science, and special education teachers who serve low-income communities; (4) Increased Student Financial Aid; (5) Making College More Affordable through a package of proposals to strengthen the financial stability of the student loan programs, such as reduced interest rates for student loans, increased student loan limits, and expanded repayment options; and (6) National Service to provide more American youth the opportunity to pay for their education through public service. The President has also proposed community-based job training grants and reforms to Federal worker training programs to double the number of workers receiving job training, to ensure those programs work better, and to close the skills gap to fill every high-growth job with a well-trained American worker, including: (1) Less Federal Red Tape and More Help for Workers; (2) Increased Flexibility and More Accountability by giving Governors more flexibility to design their own workforce training programs with clear goals and outcomes focused on the number of workers placed in jobs, the duration of job placement, and earnings on the job; (3) Innovation Training Accounts (ITAs) providing more choices about job training by increasing the use of personal job training accounts to pay for job training in high-growth job fields; and (4) Jobs for the 21st Century Initiative to strengthen the role of community colleges in worker training though new competitive community-based job training grants for training in community and technical colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: The White House
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A