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Craig, Ryan – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
At the start of 2019, 7 million U.S. jobs remained unfilled, and American employers consistently cite trouble finding qualified workers. While some liberals insist a "skills gap" doesn't exist, all evidence points to the contrary. These gaps are moreover made worse by a higher education system that ill-equips graduates for the workforce.…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Skill Development, Personnel Selection
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
As many as 41 million Americans live in "higher education deserts" -- at least half an hour's drive from the nearest college or university and with limited access to community college. Many of these deserts are in rural America, which is one reason so much of rural America is less prosperous than it deserves to be. The lack of higher…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Rural Areas, Educational Innovation
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
As many as 4.4 million U.S. jobs are going unfilled due to shortages of workers with the right skills. Many of these opportunities are in so-called "middle-skill" occupations, such as IT or advanced manufacturing, where workers need some sort of post-secondary credential but not a four-year degree. Expanding access to high-quality career…
Descriptors: Labor Needs, Career Education, Federal Aid, Eligibility
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Over the past 15 years, cities across the country have experienced rapid growth in the number of public charter schools serving their students. When implemented with fidelity, the charter formula -- autonomy, choice, diversity of school designs, and real accountability -- produces continuous improvements in school quality, with impressive student…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
On November 8, 2016, while the rest of the world anxiously awaited the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, a subset of voters with a keen interest in education had their eyes on Massachusetts. This was the day Bay Staters would vote on Ballot Question 2, a proposal to raise the state's cap on public charter schools by up to 12 new schools…
Descriptors: School Districts, Suburban Schools, Charter Schools, Public Schools
Groff, Peter – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Progressives have long understood that access to a quality education is the one factor that consistently and permanently changes the trajectory of a life. As such, creating a strong public school system has been at the epicenter of our decades-long struggle to promote equal rights and equal opportunity for all. For many of America's families of…
Descriptors: Public Education, Institutional Autonomy, Accountability, School Choice
Weinstein, Paul, Jr. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Despite all the attention it has received in recent years, the cost of college continues to rise at both private and public institutions across the United States. According to data from the College Board, average tuition and fees for a public four-year college is $20,770 if in-state or $35,420 for out-of-state, and $46,950 for private, non-profit…
Descriptors: Colleges, Universities, Undergraduate Study, Bachelors Degrees
Kim, Anne – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
For many students, the burden of student debt lingers years after leaving college, dragging down their finances and household security. New federal data find that, 12 years after enrollment, students with debt still owed, on average, two-thirds of what they had borrowed -- and as many as 27 percent had defaulted. Colleges, however, face no…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Debt (Financial), Student Financial Aid, Paying for College
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Released on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first charter schools, David Osborne's "Reinventing America's Schools" explores the new paradigm of public education that is emerging to fit the realities of the 21st century. Osborne's new book offers a bracing survey of the most dramatic improvements taking place in urban education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Charter Schools, Urban Education
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2018
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent organizations. Freed from many rules and topdown policies constraining district-operated schools, charter school leaders have direct control over most school-level decisions. Indiana has the best charter school law in the country, according to the National Alliance of Public…
Descriptors: Educational Equity (Finance), Charter Schools, Equal Education, State Aid
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2017
As 21st century school systems continue to emerge, low-income parents will continue to regard public charter schools as the means through which their children have equal access to quality education. This report is a response to the National Education Association's (NEA's) policy statement on charter schools. In the statement, the NEA calls for a…
Descriptors: Unions, Charter Schools, Position Papers, Public Schools
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Since Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) states are revamping their federally required systems to measure school quality and hold schools accountable for performance. However, most are doing so using outdated assumptions, holdovers from the Industrial Era, when cookie-cutter public schools followed orders from central…
Descriptors: Accountability, Measurement, Public Schools, Educational Change
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what many call a "portfolio strategy." Others call it "reinvention," a "21st century approach," or "relinquishment." By whatever name, it generally means that districts negotiate performance agreements with some mix of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2016
Our urban school systems struggle because so many of their students live in poverty, but they also struggle because they were designed a hundred years ago, for an industrial society. In an increasing number of cities, they are being replaced by 21st century systems, in which the central administration does not operate all schools and employ all…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Urban Areas, Boards of Education, School Districts
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2015
An important contest is taking place in Washington, D.C.--a race between two vehicles designed to carry children into the future with the habits and skills they need to live productive, meaningful lives. The older of the two, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), uses a "unified governance model" that emerged more than a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Charter Schools
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