education policy

10 high-need education policy areas for 2017

As a new administration takes over, federal and state policymakers should keep these important policy areas in mind.

Competition for jobs is increasing thanks to an ever-growing global economy. Today’s students are preparing for jobs that, in some cases, do not yet exist. In order to ensure students’ college and career readiness, the K-12 and higher education systems must be strengthened, according to a policy paper from New America, a non-partisan think tank.

Citing low student engagement, high dropout rates and gaping opportunity differences between high-income and low-income groups, New America’s Education Policy program identified a list of 10 essential education policy actions for the Trump administration, Congress, and state and local policymakers.

The education policy brief highlights actions for state leaders in particular, and encourages policymakers at that level to be aware of these 10 issues and look for opportunities to improve practice.

(Next page: 10 education policy concerns for lawmakers)

Laura Ascione

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