CLASP http://www.clasp.org/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 HPOG’s Year Three Annual Report Highlights Success Preparing Low-Income Individuals for Health Professions http://www.clasp.org/highlights/hpogs-year-three-annual-report-highlights-success-preparing-low-income-individuals-for-health-professions Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/hpogs-year-three-annual-report-highlights-success-preparing-low-income-individuals-for-health-professions HPOG’s recently released Year Three Annual Report highlights the success to date of HPOG career pathway programs in educating and training low-income, lower-skilled adults for health professions.

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Starbucks’ Scheduling Changes are a Start, But We Need Public Policies http://www.clasp.org/highlights/starbucks-scheduling-changes-are-a-start-but-we-need-public-policies Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:38:46 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/starbucks-scheduling-changes-are-a-start-but-we-need-public-policies Head Start Children, Families, Staff, and Programs in 2013 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-children-families-staff-and-programs-in-2013 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/head-start-children-families-staff-and-programs-in-2013 New Legislation Introduced to Support Full-Service Community Schools http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-legislation-introduced-to-support-full-service-community-schools Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-legislation-introduced-to-support-full-service-community-schools By Rhonda Bryant

On July 23, 2014, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014. The full-service community school model co-locates education services and a range of vital health and social services, serving as a “one-stop shop” for students, families, and the community. This bipartisan bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to create a new competitive grant program, which would provide five-year grants to states, to implement statewide full-service community schools, as well as local partnerships between school districts and community-based organizations. A minimum of 10 percent of the funding would be designated for rural areas.

Proponents of the bill regard the community school model as a key strategy for increasing educational equity, narrowing achievement gaps, and graduating students who are college- and career-ready. This past April, the Coalition for Community Schools developed a framework to elevate community schools as a strategy to make our education system more equitable. The Coalition’s framework calls for three leadership structures:

  • Community-wide leadership groups comprised of school districts, government agencies, United Way chapters, businesses, community- and faith-based organizations are responsible for overall vision, policy, and resource alignment;
  • School-site leadership teams comprised of parents, residents, principals, teachers, community partners, and young people are responsible for planning, implementation, and continuous improvement; and
  • An intermediary entity provides planning, coordination, and management.

Through this integrated approach to partnerships, governance, and systems, communities can ensure everyone has a voice in planning and orchestrating a full-service community school model that meet their locale’s unique needs.

Legislation to fund full-service community schools was introduced in prior congressional sessions, but it has never been passed. However, through the appropriations process, a competitive grant program was created and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Grants were awarded from 2008 through 2010, and a new competition to award $10 million in grants in FY 2014 is now underway.  While this funding from DOE is critical, the Full-Service Community Schools Act is essential codify the program and ensure its future availability.

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New Director Tapped for Higher Education & Workforce Development Policy Center http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-director-tapped-for-higher-education-workforce-development-policy-center Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:21:03 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/new-director-tapped-for-higher-education-workforce-development-policy-center The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Socolow as director of the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.  With almost two decades’ experience  promoting workers’ economic security in federal and state government, on Capitol Hill, and in both union and corporate roles, David is uniquely qualified to lead CLASP’s work to help low-income people succeed through higher education and workforce development.

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Building Home Visiting Systems http://www.clasp.org/highlights/building-home-visiting-systems Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/building-home-visiting-systems A recent evaluation of the Evidence-Based Home Visiting (EBHV) Program examines whether systems change occurred, whether models were implemented with fidelity, and implementation strategies and challenges.

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Less TANF Spending on Cash, Work Activities, Child Care http://www.clasp.org/highlights/less-tanf-spending-on-cash-work-activities-child-care Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:42:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/less-tanf-spending-on-cash-work-activities-child-care Local, National Initiatives Aim to Improve Working Conditions for Low-Wage Workers http://www.clasp.org/highlights/local-national-initiatives-aim-to-improve-working-conditions-for-low-wage-workers Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/local-national-initiatives-aim-to-improve-working-conditions-for-low-wage-workers Federal Competency-Based Education Experiments Can Help Low-income Students Obtain Valuable Postsecondary Credentials http://www.clasp.org/highlights/federal-experiments-offer-new-opportunities-to-increase-postsecondary-credential-attainment-and-improve-affordability-of-postsecondary-education-for-low-income-working-and-under-prepared-students Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/federal-experiments-offer-new-opportunities-to-increase-postsecondary-credential-attainment-and-improve-affordability-of-postsecondary-education-for-low-income-working-and-under-prepared-students On July 31, the US Department of Education issued an invitation to postsecondary institutions to participate in experiments designed to test three competency-based approaches to improve student outcomes under the federal financial aid.

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Paid Leave: A No-Brainer for Businesses and a Lifesaver for Workers http://www.clasp.org/highlights/paid-leave-a-no-brainer-for-businesses-and-a-lifesaver-for-workers Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/paid-leave-a-no-brainer-for-businesses-and-a-lifesaver-for-workers Could it be that workers whose employers offer leave benefits actually end up getting sick less often because they are happier? Senator Al Franken (D-MN), tongue firmly in cheek, proposed this “radical” idea at a hearing on paid leave held by the Senate Health Economic Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Subcommittee on Children and Families. Franken’s comments echo all the evidence: paid leave is a no-brainer that benefits both workers and employers. Unfortunately, far too many workers still lack paid leave, including paid sick days and paid family and medical leave. - See more at: http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-life-and-job-quality#sthash.oSgEW2pA.dpuf

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Subcommittee Hearing on Subsidized Job Programs http://www.clasp.org/highlights/subcommittee-hearing-on-subsidized-job-programs Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:55:48 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/subcommittee-hearing-on-subsidized-job-programs Minnesota’s Pay-for-Performance SNAP Employment and Training Pilot Program http://www.clasp.org/highlights/minnesotas-pay-for-performance-snap-employment-and-training-pilot-program Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/minnesotas-pay-for-performance-snap-employment-and-training-pilot-program TANF Child Care Expenditures in 2013: The Decline Continues http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-child-care-expenditures-in-2013-the-decline-continues Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tanf-child-care-expenditures-in-2013-the-decline-continues House Package of Higher Education Bills Tackles Critical Issues; More Work Needed to Improve Access and Success for Low-Income Students http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-package-of-higher-education-bills-tackles-critical-issues-more-work-needed-to-improve-access-and-success-for-low-income-students Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/house-package-of-higher-education-bills-tackles-critical-issues-more-work-needed-to-improve-access-and-success-for-low-income-students Last week, the House passed four bipartisan higher education bills critical to low-income, non-traditional students. Unlike the Senate, the House Education and Workforce Committee is taking a piecemeal approach to reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, and these bills are part of that plan. The bills address a number of CLASP’s higher education objectives—such as increasing data transparency for students, better targeting of education tax credits to low-income students, and providing greater means for students pursuing competency-based education—but do have shortcomings, particularly for the growing proportion of non-traditional undergraduate students.

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Child Care Assistance: An Essential Work Support Program for Families http://www.clasp.org/highlights/child-care-assistance-an-essential-work-support-program-for-families Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/child-care-assistance-an-essential-work-support-program-for-families New CLASP brief highlights why child care assistance is an essential work support program for low-income working families.

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Education Tax Credits Bill Takes a Partisan Turn on Way to House Floor http://www.clasp.org/highlights/education-tax-credits-bill-takes-a-partisan-turn-on-way-to-house-floor Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:58:54 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/education-tax-credits-bill-takes-a-partisan-turn-on-way-to-house-floor How Today’s Safety Net Promotes Work – And How To Do More http://www.clasp.org/highlights/how-todays-safety-net-promotes-work-and-how-to-do-more Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:55 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/how-todays-safety-net-promotes-work-and-how-to-do-more Untangling the Safety Net without Block Grants or Waivers: How States Integrate Programs to Benefit Families http://www.clasp.org/highlights/untangling-the-safety-net-without-block-grants-or-waivers-how-states-integrate-programs-to-benefit-families Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:17 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/untangling-the-safety-net-without-block-grants-or-waivers-how-states-integrate-programs-to-benefit-families Proposed Changes to Child Tax Credit Will Hurt Poor Children and Families for Years to Come http://www.clasp.org/highlights/proposed-changes-to-child-tax-credit-will-hurt-poor-children-and-families-for-years-to-come Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:02:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/proposed-changes-to-child-tax-credit-will-hurt-poor-children-and-families-for-years-to-come Why We Need the Schedules that Work Act: Andrea's Story http://www.clasp.org/highlights/why-we-need-schedules-that-work-act-andreas-story Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:46:06 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/why-we-need-schedules-that-work-act-andreas-story The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Becomes Law; CLASP Looks toward Implementation http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-becomes-law-clasp-looks-toward-implementation Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-becomes-law-clasp-looks-toward-implementation Meeting Children’s Mental Health Needs in Child Care and Early Education http://www.clasp.org/highlights/meeting-childrens-mental-health-needs-in-child-care-and-early-education Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/meeting-childrens-mental-health-needs-in-child-care-and-early-education CLASP to Present at Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century Conference http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-to-present-at-transforming-u-s-workforce-development-policies-for-the-21st-century-conference Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-to-present-at-transforming-u-s-workforce-development-policies-for-the-21st-century-conference Vickie Choitz, CLASP’s senior policy analyst and director of the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, will speak at a workshop on emerging strategies that are transforming how individuals are educated and trained.

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Congress Revitalizes Job Training and Workforce Development Programs with the Passage of WIOA http://www.clasp.org/highlights/congress-revitalizes-job-training-and-workforce-development-programs-with-the-passage-of-wioa Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/congress-revitalizes-job-training-and-workforce-development-programs-with-the-passage-of-wioa Good News for Programs Serving Disadvantaged Youth: WIOA Passes the House http://www.clasp.org/highlights/good-news-for-programs-serving-disadvantaged-youth-wioa-passes-the-house Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/good-news-for-programs-serving-disadvantaged-youth-wioa-passes-the-house