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Walizer, Lauren – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
Across the country, governors and other state officials understand the vital role college plays in workforce preparation to increase the competitiveness of their state economies. However, neither students' and families' incomes nor Pell Grants and other student aid have kept up with the cost of college, making affordability a significant barrier…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Needs, Leadership Responsibility, Cooperation
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
This document discusses a range of policy and practice options that states can undertake to increase college student access to public benefits. The Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP) has leveraged its hands-on policy and cross-issue technical assistance expertise to identify these options. Many states have already implemented one or…
Descriptors: College Students, Welfare Services, State Policy, Family Programs
Bird, Kisha; Dawkins, Caitlin; Johnson, Lisa – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
Too many young people cycle in and out of prison, jails, and detention centers and face probation and parole conditions that keep them locked out of opportunity. These interactions with the criminal justice system demand the need for both equitable practices and programs that support second chances and large-scale investments in decarceration.…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Access to Education, Correctional Rehabilitation, Recidivism
Cielinski, Anna – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
During the early 2000s, state and local leaders developed career pathways programs in an effort to redesign education and workforce development systems to better meet the education and employment needs of low-income, educationally underprepared adults. These career pathways increase individual prosperity and regional competitiveness by aligning…
Descriptors: Career Development, Vocational Education, Adult Education, Labor Force Development
Welton, Carrie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
Postsecondary education is often out of reach for students with low incomes, many of whom receive little or no financial support from their family for school and who have significant unmet need, even after financial aid. Students of color (approximately 40 percent of all college students) face additional systemic barriers that hinder access and…
Descriptors: Welfare Services, Food, Nutrition, Federal Programs
García, Rosa M. – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
In recent years, historically underrepresented students have become a larger segment in higher education. Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization is an opportunity to increase educational attainment levels; close equity gaps and address racial disparities in student outcomes; and ensure the federal government, states, and institutions transform…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Minority Group Students, Enrollment Trends, Undergraduate Students
Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
This brief outlines the important role state policymakers can play to ensure equity in their states' early education efforts. High-quality child care and early education is critical for child development and family economic security--and it can have a particularly positive impact on the wellbeing of families with low incomes. CLASP's action agenda…
Descriptors: State Policy, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Educational Quality
Lufkin, Mimi – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
Passage of the "Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act" (Perkins V), which reauthorizes federal legislation funding career and technical education (CTE), brings the opportunity to improve the quality and accessibility of CTE for adults with low incomes; English learner adults; out-of-school youth; and…
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Vocational Education, Equal Education
Duke-Benfield, Amy Ellen; Sponsler, Brian – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
This report--written by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield and Brian Sponsler--provides an overview of current public benefit policies and encourages states to look beyond traditional financial aid sources and free college programs to better support student success among students with low incomes. The brief calls for adopting states to adopt policies that…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Low Income Students, State Policy, Educational Policy
García, Rosa M. – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
In today's globally competitive economy, low-income students, students of color, opportunity youth, and adult learners need a postsecondary education and work-based learning opportunities to secure family-sustaining jobs and careers. Since the Great Recession, the economy has added 11.6 million jobs. Ninety-nine percent of them have gone to…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Education Work Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
García, Rosa M. – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
This brief on debt-free college by Rosa García looks at federal and state policies through an anti-poverty, racial equity lens. The brief calls on federal and state lawmakers to prioritize low-income students, students of color, and immigrants in federal-state partnerships and College Promise programs by ensuring that low-income students can…
Descriptors: Low Income Students, Paying for College, Debt (Financial), Minority Group Students
Gaines, Alexandra Cawthorne; Bonino-Britsch, Michael; Matthews, Hannah – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2019
This brief explores the lessons learned from the 2016 Parents and Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network (PACTT Network), a collaboration between the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Through this initiative, five states explored how to use the two-generation approach to…
Descriptors: Family Programs, State Policy, Access to Education, Child Care
Walizer, Lauren – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
Policymakers, postsecondary education leaders, and researchers agree: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a barrier to achieving this nation's college access goals. Concerns about the FAFSA's negative impact on enrollment and financial aid have sparked a bipartisan push to simplify and shorten the form by removing…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Poverty
Matthews, Hannah; Ullrich, Rebecca; Cervantes, Wendy – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted the first ever multi-state study of the effects of the current immigration climate on young children under age 8. In 2017, CLASP interviewed early care and education providers, community-based social service providers, and immigrant parents in six states. The findings, detailed in "Our…
Descriptors: Immigration, Public Policy, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
Cervantes, Wendy; Ullrich, Rebecca; Matthews, Hannah – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2018
This report documents how the current immigration context is affecting the nation's youngest children, under age eight, based on interviews and focus groups in 2017 with more than 150 early childhood educators and parents in six states--California, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. This study was motivated by…
Descriptors: Immigration, Public Policy, Young Children, Focus Groups
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