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Author(s):Crosley, A., and Roberts, B
Title:Strengthening state policies to increase the education and skills of low-wage workers
Organization:The Working Poor Families Project
Short Description:The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) encourages states to focus their workforce and economic development policies and programs to better serve low-skill, low-wage workers. This report will briefly describe state initiatives designed to increase skill-levels among this population and offers recommendations for strengthening state training policies.
Annotation:The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) encourages states to focus their workforce and economic development policies and programs to better serve low-skill, low-wage workers. Too few states, however, target their resources to benefit this population. Even more alarming, some programs restrict the uses of training resources so that businesses wanting to address the needs of these workers are precluded from doing so. Fortunately, some states have developed policies and programs to help businesses raise the skill levels of workers. This report will briefly describe those initiatives and offer recommendations for strengthening state training policies.
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Opening Doors project publications
Post-secondary education options for low-income students
Addressing the needs of adult learners
Graduate education: The backbone of American competitiveness and innovation
Return on investment: Educational choices and demographic change in California's future
From cradle to career: Connecting American education from birth through adulthood; California state report
Knocking at the college door: California state report
A state leader's action guide to 21st century skills
Statement of principals: Twenty-first century skills and the reauthorization of NCLB/ESEA
Working it out: Community colleges and the Workforce Investment Act
Innovation America: A compact for postsecondary education
Opportunity in America: The role of education
SREB states lead the nation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs
The path to prosperity: A policy of investment
A plan to improve the quality of teaching in American schools
First generation college students: A literature review
At what cost? The price that working students pay for a college education
NCHEMS information center
Swimming against the tide: The poor in American higher education
Breaking through: Helping low-skilled adults enter and succeed in college and careers
Mississippi's mandate: How investment in education pays off in Mississippi
Career advancement for low-income workers through community college and community-based organization partnerships
Vital voices: Building constituencies for public school reform
2002 State new economy index
Report of Rhode Island case study site visit
State data systems and privacy concerns: Strategies for balancing public interests
Easy money: How congress could increase federal student aid funding at no additional cost to taxpayers
Add and subtract: Dual enrollment as a state strategy to increase postsecondary success for underrepresented students
The promise and practice of prison programming
Beyond college for all: Policies and practices to improve transitions into college and jobs
Who should we help? The negative social consequences of merit aid scholarships
Rhetoric and reality: Effects and consequences of the HOPE scholarship
Opening doors: Students’ perspectives on juggling work, family, and college
The big payoff: Educational attainment and synthetic estimates of work-life earnings
College students working: The choice nexus
The expectations gap: A 50 state review of high school graduation requirements
The economic promise of investing in high-quality preschool: Using early education to improve economic growth and the fiscal sustainability of states and the nation
The career pathways how-to guide
Preparing today's high school students for tomorrow's opportunities
The promise and practice of employer educational assistance programs: 2004 State of the field strategies and trends
Promoting school readiness through universal preschool
The language of opportunity: Expanding employment prospects for adults with limited English skills
Financing lifelong learning: Potential of and problems with individual learning accounts in three countries
A whole 'nother world: Students navigating community college
Career academies: Impacts on labor market outcomes and educational attainment
How well are states educating our neediest children?: The Fordham report 2006
Kids Count state-level data online
Recession, retrenchment, and recovery: State higher education funding and student financial aid
Higher education, higher cost and higher debt: Paying for college in the future
Lifelong learning accounts: Creating a partnership in lifelong learning
Maximizing the power of education data while ensuring compliance with federal student privacy laws: A guide for state policymakers
Georgia's HOPE scholarship and minority and low-income students: Program effects and proposed reforms