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DFER Says Its Causes are 'Progressive,' Is Pouring $4 Million Into State Races

DFER Says Its Causes are 'Progressive,' Is Pouring $4 Million Into State Races | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Democrats for Education Reform, which advocates for school choice and stringent school accountability policies, has had a difficult time pushing its agenda with traditional Democratic forces.

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School policies and the success of advantaged and disadvantaged students

School policies and the success of advantaged and disadvantaged students | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

The piece is based on new data and analyses that examine whether particular school practices, such as having school on Saturday and sponsoring summer school, have differential outcomes for economically advantaged vs. disadvantaged students.

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It's Hard to Manage Your Credit When You've Never Heard of 'Interest'

It's Hard to Manage Your Credit When You've Never Heard of 'Interest' | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Twenty-one states now require a personal finance course for high school graduation.

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Can schools commit malpractice? It depends.

Can schools commit malpractice? It depends. | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Mark Dynarski examines the legal history of education malpractice suits, virtually all of which have failed, and by failing have created a legal precedent that reduces substantially the likelihood that they will be pursued.

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Only four out of ten working-age adults with disabilities are employed

Only four out of ten working-age adults with disabilities are employed | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

An analysis of employment among working adults with disabilities and how it varies by geography, race/ethnicity, and education.

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After Janus Ruling, States Rush to Make It Harder to Leave Unions

After Janus Ruling, States Rush to Make It Harder to Leave Unions | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Just over two weeks since the Janus ruling, about a third of the affected states have taken actions meant to soften its impact on unions' membership and revenue.

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Stranded: How States Maroon Districts in Financial Distress

Stranded: How States Maroon Districts in Financial Distress | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

This report tells the story of how struggling school districts around the country have been left stranded—financially insecure, with nowhere to turn in a system that leaves them at the mercy of their neighbors. Across the country, thirty-nine states allow mergers to proceed only when local districts wish to consolidate, and the incentives in the system dictate that distressed districts will almost always be turned away. And at that point, those districts are left with nowhere else to turn.

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With Waiver Denial, Utah Mulls Second Accountability System

With Waiver Denial, Utah Mulls Second Accountability System | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Utah is one of four states where state laws conflict with components of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act meaning districts may have to answer to two separate accountability systems this fall.

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Montana sets example for other states by using data to drive policy

Montana sets example for other states by using data to drive policy | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

A new case study shows how data-driven decision making can help states create education and workforce policies that can help them compete in a 21st century economy. The paper outlines how Montana educational institutions, employers, and policymakers have used data to not just understand the effectiveness of their state’s education and workforce policies, but to make decisions that will help the state meet labor market demand.

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More Money – and Stricter Scrutiny – for Child Care

More Money – and Stricter Scrutiny – for Child Care | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Research suggests that early childhood education primes young minds for academic and social success. And yet in much of the country, many parents struggle to find any day care at all.

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Teachers Just Want to Raise Your Taxes, Arizona Governor Says

Teachers Just Want to Raise Your Taxes, Arizona Governor Says | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is part of a growing list of Republican candidates in this fall's midterm election who have described teachers as greedy, insatiable and with ulterior motives.

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Factory robots versus mom’s caregiver: Industry-specific differences within the Future of Work

Everybody wants to talk about the Future of Work (FOW), but they don’t necessarily want to have the same discussion — nor should they. It’s time to recognize that there is a diversity of futures ahead for U.S. workers in different industries, even when they’re dealing with the same structural shifts in the labor market. Our policy responses will need to be just as nuanced and industry-focused.

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Food Stamp Work Requirements Would Force States to Provide Job Training. Many Aren’t Ready.

Food Stamp Work Requirements Would Force States to Provide Job Training. Many Aren’t Ready. | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

As many as 7.5 million more food stamp recipients could be subject to work requirements.

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U.S. Department of Labor Awards $7 Million to States, CSG and NCSL to Support Occupational Licensing Reform

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $7 Million to States, CSG and NCSL to Support Occupational Licensing Reform | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor's ongoing efforts to encourage occupational licensing reform, the Department today announced the recipients of $7 million in grants to help states review and streamline their occupational licensing rules.

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Report: New Mexico ranks last in child well-being

Report: New Mexico ranks last in child well-being | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

For the first time in five years, New Mexico has fallen to last among states when it comes to the economic, educational and medical well-being of its children, according to a nonprofit that tracks the status of U.S. kids.

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How States Are Helping People With Disabilities Break Into Government Jobs

How States Are Helping People With Disabilities Break Into Government Jobs | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Only 36 percent of Americans with disabilities have a job. Governors want to increase that number, and many have started by making it easier for disabled people to get jobs in the public sector.

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Public Funding for Job Training at the State and Local Level: An Examination of Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington

Public Funding for Job Training at the State and Local Level: An Examination of Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

State and local investments in workforce training are substantial, in some cases surpassing federal funding. This report examines workforce development entities in three states and identifies strategies organizations can follow for better funding and training decisions.

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Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative Report now available

Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative Report now available | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

The Workforce Development Initiative Year-One Report highlights the work of Western Governors to bridge the skills gap between workers and employers in the West. The first year of Initiative workshops and webinars focused on how to create enhanced opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers to help build a more vibrant regional economy.

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Webinar June 19: Building Bipartisan Support for Early Childhood Excellence

Webinar June 19: Building Bipartisan Support for Early Childhood Excellence | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Join Linda Smith, Director of Early Childhood Policy at BPC, and Matt George, a partner at Luntz Global Partners, to better understand how Americans view early childhood and how advocates can best communicate the need for investment in early care and learning to all stakeholders.

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Webinar June 13: Bridging the Continuum: Teacher Preparation and Induction for Deeper Learning

Webinar June 13: Bridging the Continuum: Teacher Preparation and Induction for Deeper Learning | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

The webinar will include a discussion of efforts to introduce and sustain district and institution of higher education partnerships that support high-quality teacher preparation and induction, while exploring potential obstacles to successful implementation.

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Washington state school funding now legal, high court rules

Washington state school funding now legal, high court rules | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

A long-running court case over the adequacy of education funding in Washington state has ended, with the state Supreme Court on Thursday lifting its jurisdiction over the case and dropping daily sanctions. Lawmakers express relief.

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50-State Comparison: State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

50-State Comparison: State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

High-quality, early elementary years offer a critical opportunity for development and academic learning for all children. Key components of a quality, K-3 experience include kindergarten, qualified teachers, seamless transitions, appropriate assessments and interventions, family engagement, social-emotional supports and academic supports. Education Commission of the States has researched the policies that guide these key components in all 50 states to provide this comprehensive resource.

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Webinar June 18: Measuring Non-Degree Credential Attainment

Webinar June 18: Measuring Non-Degree Credential Attainment | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

Non-degree credentials, such as certificates and industry certifications have value in the labor market. They can help states meet their postsecondary attainment goals, and prepare residents for the workforce. The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) will host a webinar on Monday, June 18th at 2 PM EST/1 PM CST to share how officials from Iowa, Missouri, and Tennessee have begun to collect data about these valuable credentials. It will also provide a brief overview of WDQC’s 50-state scan, “Measuring Non-Degree Credential Attainment,” outlining state progress on collecting data about non-degree.

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WDQC scan reveals that states are making progress in measuring non-degree credential attainment

WDQC scan reveals that states are making progress in measuring non-degree credential attainment | CSG West Education & Workforce Development | Scoop.it

A new 50-state scan from WDQC, “Measuring Non-Degree Credential Attainment", shows that states are making progress collecting data about non-degree credential attainment, including certificates, industry certifications, and licenses. Realizing that non-degree credentials can lead to strong employment outcomes, many states now have education attainment goals that include non-degree credentials of value. The case studies in this scan can help states measure progress toward these goals.  

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