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Banerjee, Asha – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2021
Student debt cancellation must be a federal priority for the new administration. As the devastating health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, millions of student borrowers are held back by high levels of debt on top of job losses and the struggle to cover their basic needs. The pause on payments is only a temporary fix. Since…
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Student Loan Programs, Gender Bias
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
New Mexico is home to nearly 70,000 infants and toddlers. New Mexico families are the state's strongest asset, yet current policies aren't meeting their needs. Children's growth and development are shaped by early life experiences. Good health, secure and stable families, and positive early learning environments foster children's physical,…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
Tieszen, Noel; García, Rosa; Banerjee, Asha; Johnson, Cameron – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
In the United States, apprenticeships have traditionally been considered the purview of the construction industry and a handful of other trades. But recent interest in developing nontraditional career paths has led to an expansion of apprenticeships into industries such as healthcare, childcare, advanced manufacturing, public safety, hospitality,…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Program Development, Educational Policy, Program Design
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
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
As families and communities grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, child care should be a front-and-center issue. Widespread school and child care closures have created an immediate crisis for workers whose jobs don't allow telework options--whether it's those in the health care industry or people employed in grocery stores or other low-wage…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Child Care, Early Childhood Education
Robbins, Katherine Gallagher; Schmit, Stephanie – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
Our country's existing and long-term child care crisis--inequitable access for communities of color, poverty-level wages for early educators, and unaffordable care for far too many families--has been exacerbated by the terrible, inequitable impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, which has pushed the child care and early learning sector to the brink…
Descriptors: Child Care, Minority Groups, Poverty, Preschool Teachers
García, Rosa M.; Banerjee, Asha – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession have disrupted the health and economic wellbeing of postsecondary students, families, and the nation's colleges and universities. A college degree can lead to good jobs with benefits--now and during the economic recovery--for students with low incomes, particularly students of color, opportunity…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Low Income Groups, Economic Climate
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
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
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