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Pankovits, Tressa – Progressive Policy Institute, 2022
In August, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) released the grimmest "Nation's Report Card" in 20 years. Between 2020 and 2022, America's students dropped five points in reading and seven points in math. At a time when there is empirical evidence that America's students are struggling -- the NAEP scores are just one…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Achievement Gains, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Attitudes
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
Craig, Ryan – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
House Democrats yesterday introduced major legislation to reauthorize the landmark Higher Education Act. Although reauthorization is long overdue, the new legislation, called the College Affordability Act, proposes mainly marginal improvements to a broken higher education financing system. Moreover, it doesn't do enough to help people who don't go…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Educational Legislation, Job Skills
Friedman, Dorian – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
Higher education offers the skills prized by employers in an increasingly global marketplace, and puts graduates on a path to higher wages over a lifetime of work. But for far too many Americans, it comes at the price of student loans that can saddle them with debt just as they are launching their careers and stunt their financial wellbeing for…
Descriptors: Employers, Debt (Financial), Loan Repayment, Fringe Benefits
Osborne, David; Langhorne, Emily – Progressive Policy Institute, 2019
The poor quality of many school systems is a serious impediment to social mobility for children from low-income and minority families, who cannot easily pick up and move to communities with good schools. The number of students taking college remediation classes has soared, and too many students graduate high school underprepared to enter either…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Public Schools, Poverty
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
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 – 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, 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
Weinstein, Paul, Jr. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2014
The American higher education system is the finest in the world. Students from across the globe continue to flock to American universities, while the competition among U.S. students for slots at these elite schools is tougher than ever. There are cracks in the fiscal foundations of higher education, however, and they are growing wider. The costs…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Costs, Paying for College
Carew, Diana G. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2014
Four telling facts about jobs and wages for young Americans, as explained in this policy brief, suggest a labor market recovery is coming, although it will be gradual and uneven by educational attainment. Young Americans with a postsecondary degree are more likely to be employed, but the nature of their employment suggests they are taking…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Labor Force, Economic Opportunities, Employment Opportunities
Osborne, David – Progressive Policy Institute, 2012
Today some 5,600 charter schools are in operation, with more than two million students. Some critics persist in a fruitless argument that these schools have failed, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. But regardless of your opinion about them, charter schools are here to stay. Those concerned about public education should quit debating…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Accountability, Public Education, Educational Improvement
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