In the wake of evidence, like recent scores on the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), which show too many students falling behind, the NewDEAL Forum Education Policy Group will leverage the expertise of public and non-profit thought leaders to identify the most effective, actionable solutions to graduate more students on track for success in the workplace.

A report of policy recommendations will be followed by support from the group to implement those solutions across the country. The group will consider topics at the intersection of education and workforce, including access to career pathways, reimagining career and technical education, and better linking K-12 and higher education systems, as well as a range of other key issues affecting the quality of education available to all young people. The group’s recommendations, scheduled for release at the end of 2020, will build on recommendations produced by the NewDEAL Forum Future of Work Policy Group.

Support for the group will be provided by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national nonprofit policy and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC whose mission is to ensure that every young person graduates from high school prepared for success in careers and in life. Funding from the Joyce Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will support the group’s work.

Working Group Co-Chairs

Contributing Elected Officials

Mayor Hollie Cost, Montevallo, AL
Representative Monte Hodges, Blytheville, AR
Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland, CA
Senator Jeff Bridges, Greenwood Village, CO
Representative Loranne Ausley, Tallahassee, FL
School Board Member Laura Register, Grady County, GA
Senator Eric Lesser, Longmeadow, MA
County Councilmember Will Jawando, Montgomery County, MD
County Councilmember Hans Riemer, Montgomery County, MD
Senator Jay Chaudhuri, Raleigh, NC
Representative Ashton Wheeler Clemmons, Greensboro, NC
Senator Kate Bolz, Lincoln, NE
Councilmember Dorcey Applyrs, Albany, NY
Councilmember Keith Powers, New York, NY
Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, Columbus, OH
Councilmember Derek Green, Philadelphia, PA
Senator Raumesh Akbari, Memphis, TN
County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County, TN
Delegate Mark Keam, Vienna, VA
Councilmember Luke Fuszard, Middleton, WI
Senator John Unger, Martinsburg, WV

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