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The State of City Leadership for Children and Families 1/20/2010
This groundbreaking new YEF Institute report identifies the nation‚??s 32 most cutting-edge city innovations to help children and families thrive, and documents emerging and established trends in municipal leadership to promote child and family well-being. 

Building on the YEF Institute‚??s intensive work with hundreds of cities over the past decade, The State of City Leadership for Children and Families highlights the progress that cities have made and the potential for future action in nine areas.

The publication was released October 13, 2009, before more than 350 municipal leaders attending the 2009 National Summit on Your City‚??s Families in Boston.

Achieving Graduation for All: A Governor's Guide to Dropout Prevention and Recovery
Achieving Graduation for All: A Governor's Guide to Dropout Prevention and Recovery identifies the root causes of the high school dropout problem and offers a comprehensive action plan for states to curb dropouts, help youth succeed and strengthen state economies. Achieving Graduation for All recommends actions governors should take to reduce the incidence of students not completing high school, including: promote high school graduation for all; target youth at-risk of dropping out; reengage youth who have dropped out of school; and provide rigorous, relevant options for earning a high school diploma. Specific suggestions for implementation, such as raising the compulsory age of attendance to 18 and establishing reentry programs for juvenile offenders, are also contained within the report.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet Statewide Integrated Data Sharing System (June 2009)

In June 2008, Governor Deval Patrick released his Education Action Agenda, a comprehensive strategic plan that charts the course for the next phase of education reform in Massachusetts. The Action Agenda set as a primary goal the creation of an integrated system of education to meet the learning needs of every student in the Commonwealth, thus providing all students with the supports and skills necessary to meet the state‚??s rigorous educational standards, and to help them become successful and productive members of the workforce and their communities. Governor Patrick established the Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet (the Cabinet), comprised of the Secretariats of the state agencies, with primary responsibility for serving children, youth and families. In April 2009, Public Consulting Group (PCG) was retained to clarify the crossagency vision for a statewide integrated data sharing and reporting system as outlined by the Governor and the Readiness Cabinet, and to draft a strategic plan with action‚?Őoriented recommendations to help the Cabinet begin to make concerted, measurable efforts toward achieving its vision.

Digest of Education Statistics
A series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest's primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to educational attainment, finances, and federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons.
Employers, Low-Income Young Adults, and Post-Secondary Credentials - Workforce Strategy Center (Oct. 2009)

This report investigates a number of education and training programs involving employers in efforts to help disadvantaged young adults attain postsecondary credentials leading to career track employment. Our model programs meet four basic criteria: 
  1) Getting low-income youth and young adults postsecondary credentials that will allow them to enter and advance in career track employment. 
  2) Working with employers in industry sectors important to the region's economy. 
  3) Maximizing employer roles and commitment.
  4) Demonstrating portability, scalability, and replicability.

Estimating the Number of High School Dropouts in Connecticut and in Sub-State Areas in 2005-2007: Findings for Young Adults (18-24) and All Working Age Adults (18-64) - Oct. 2009

Connecticut's Dropout Crisis - This crisis not only ensures a life of poverty for too many of our young people but also is weakening our economy by depleting the workforce of capable employees.  It's also costing the government billions of dollars in social services and lost tax revenue. Realizing that improving dropout rates is a key to the area's economic success, Our Piece of the Pie, in conjunction with Capital Worforce Partners and with additional funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and the Connecticut Office of Workforce Competitiveness, commissioned a study to examine the problem. The study, conducted by Dr. Andrew Sum of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, examined the social and economic impact of high school dropouts. He presented his findings at the Governor's Dropout Summit on October 19. The numbers are staggering.

Prepared By: Joseph McLaughlin,  Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada - Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Prepared for: Our Piece of the Pie, Hartford, Connecticut

From Basic Skills to Better Futures: Generating Economic Dividends for New York CIty, Community Service Society

This report looks at how individuals too old or too far behind to earn a conventional high school degree can pursue other routes to show mastery of the basic skills necessary for success in the workplace‚??in particular, by attaining a GED.  This report aims to shed light on the ‚??GED system,‚?Ő including not only programs explicitly designed to prepare individuals for the exam, but also the broad range of adult basic education and other programs that seek to raise students‚?? basic skills to the level where they can pass the GED and take the next step in their educations and careers. We divide our analysis into three sections:
   1. Why are basic skills and the GED important for New York City? 
   2. How does our basic skills development system currently perform?
   3. What can we do to improve our efforts to build and certify basic skills and put people on track for successful careers?

Key Social, Income, Housing, Civic, Health and Incarcerations Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Findings for Connecticut Adults in the 21st Century

Key Social, Income, Housing, Civic, Health and Incarcerations Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Findings for Connecticut Adults in the 21st Century

Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2006-07 (Oct. 2009)

This report presents the number of high school graduates, the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), and dropout data for grades 9 through 12 for public schools in school year 2006-07. The counts of graduates, dropouts, and enrollments by grade (which serve as the denominators for the graduation and dropout rates) are from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data (CCD) nonfiscal surveys of public elementary/secondary education. The data for this collection were reported to the NCES through the U. S. Department of Education's EDFacts data collection system by state education agencies (SEAs). These data represent high school graduates receiving regular diplomas and dropouts for the 2006-07 school year.

The Fiscal Consequences of Dropping Out of High School and Failing to Complete Additional Years of Post-Secondary Schooling in Connecticut - Oct 2009

The Fiscal Consequences of Dropping Out of High School and Failing to Complete Additional Years of Post-Secondary Schooling in Connecticut

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