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Evaluation of the Re-Integration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program: Interim Report
Released in July 2012, this report focuses on the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) initiative, which was launched in 2005 as a joint initiative by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Department of Justice.  RExO was set up to strengthen urban communities heavily affected by the challenges associated with high numbers of prisoners seeking to re-enter their communities following the completion of their sentences. 
The Common Core Standards: What Do They Mean for Out-of-School Time
This issue brief, issued in July 2012 by The Forum for Youth Investment, discusses the impact of the Common Core Standards on the youth development and "out-of-school time" (OST) fields. More specifically, it offers an overview of the Common Core Standards as well as an update of standing in terms of implementation. Finally, this brief details how some OST systems are beginning to respond while outlining particualr challenges or opportunities facing the OST field.
Poverty in America: Why Can't We End It? (New York Times Article)
This New York Times article from July 28,2012 discusses wages, social safety net provisions, and demographics.
FY 2013 Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services
Titled "Under Threat: Sequestration's Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services" this report describes how nondefense discretionary spending has experienced significant funding reductions already depite only accounting for a small part of the U.S. gross domestic product. Subsequently, the report released on July 25, 2012 by Senator Tom Harkin (Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies) outlines the negative effects that sequestration in FY 2013 would have on nondefense discretionary programs.
Report on Federal Job Training Programs in Oklahoma
Released by Senator Coburn (R-OK) in July 2012 and titled "What Works (andWhat Doesn't): The Good, Bad and Ugly of Federal Job Training in Oklahoma," this report emphasizes duplication of services and ineffectiveness within the workforce development system.
Certificates: Gateway To Gainful Employment and College Degrees
This report, released in June 2012 by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, discusses: (1) demographic charactersitics of certificate earners; (2) labor marker outcomes for certificate holders; (3) the institutions where certificates are awarded along with the costs associated.
Connecting Youth and Business, A Toolkit for Employers
This toolkit provides step-by-step instructions designed to guide companies on options for supproting, training, and employing disconnected youth. The toolkit also includes elements that are applicable to all youth populations.
Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession
Report released by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development on results from a survey of 444 college graduates from 2006-2011.
How the Across-the-Board Cuts in the Budget Control Act Will Work
This report, released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on April 27, 2012, discusses the federal funding sequestration on FY 2013 as well as the funding reductions in FY 2014-2021 as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.
What Makes Workforce Development Programs Sucessful
A report released in 2012 by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. This study assesses the influence of a range of factors on achievement of successful outcomes for workforce development programs, while also looking at how and if these factors are currently measured. Finally, this study recommends improvements to the data collection methids and data system that currently exist within the workforce development system.
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