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Maag, Taylor – Progressive Policy Institute, 2023
Ascend Indiana is a nonprofit intermediary organization that connects Hoosiers to in-demand careers and regional employers to skilled talent, fostering cross-sector partnerships, building capacity, and developing insights that enable system-level change to transform the career trajectory of youth and adults in the community. As part of their…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, High School Students, Experiential Learning, Work Experience Programs
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
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
Mandel, Michael – Progressive Policy Institute, 2010
Sometimes a proposed piece of legislation or new rule can catalyze debate about a key issue. That seems to be the case for the "gainful employment" rule currently being proposed by the Department of Education (DOE). The rule addresses a very real problem: The large amounts of debt being taken on by some students, mainly those attending for-profit…
Descriptors: Legislation, Federal Regulation, Employment Patterns, Labor Market
Hill, Paul T. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2006
This paper explains how the public education system resists reforms and shows how to make much higher-performing schools available to disadvantaged children. It explains why change is so difficult and why seemingly obvious solutions will not work. The paper also shows how new ideas about teaching, learning, and effective schooling can take…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Minority Groups, Public Education, Educationally Disadvantaged
Leigh, Andrew; Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
Research increasingly demonstrates what common sense has long made apparent to educators and parents: Teacher quality matters--a lot. Teachers' knowledge and skills are the most vital in-school factors influencing children's learning. And, for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or troubled home environments, quality teaching is even more…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Incentives, Educational Policy
Lake, Robin J.; Rainey, Lydia – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In the past eight years, Chicago has created an excellent charter school model with help from across the city. Mayor Richard Daley supported the reform, Chicago Public Schools developed a thoughtful and proactive approval process, business and civic leaders championed the movement and provided technical support, and teachers and community groups…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author examines charter schooling in Washington, D.C., including the region's unique history of charter schooling and the challenges these schools face. She is optimistic about the future of the District's charter school movement, but argues that District and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Educational Change
Russo, Alexander – Progressive Policy Institute, 2005
In this report for the Progressive Policy Institute's 21st Century Schools Project, the author takes a close look at charter schooling in Ohio, examining the history, status quo, challenges, and the future of the charter school effort there. He finds terrific examples of success, but points out that there are some very real challenges, including…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational History
Rotherham, Andrew J. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
National Board Certified Teachers cannot, in isolation, be expected to help turn around low-performing schools or solve the teacher quality problem. However, state policymakers can work to ensure that NBCTs are more directly involved in these efforts than they are today. Currently, state policies aiding NBCTs are not aligned with the overarching…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Teacher Certification
Gayl, Chrisanne L. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
High quality after-school programs provide numerous social, family, and community benefits. In addition to helping parents balance work and life responsibilities, these programs offer prime opportunities to enhance learning--particularly for struggling students. After-school programs also help to promote equity among students by providing…
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Enrichment, After School Programs, Educational Quality
Hassel, Bryan C. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report has describes how the young Indianapolis charter school initiative can claim a number of successes: (1) Many community leaders have stepped forward to spearhead the creation of charter schools, bringing new energy and resources into public education; (2) Parents have flocked to the new schools, lining up on waiting lists and noting…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Lake, Robin J. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
In New York City and state, charter schools are slowly gaining momentum through performance that speaks for itself, and with quick action by authorizers and charter advocates when schools fail. But as the New York charter experience should demonstrate to districts and states nationwide, meeting the urgent need for systemwide improvement is far…
Descriptors: Public Education, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
There is widespread recognition of the importance of early childhood learning, and a strong public appetite for increased public support to ensure that young children enter school ready to learn. National surveys find that 87 percent of voters think state governments should provide funding so that all children can enroll in preschool.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Public Education, Budgets