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Wednesday November 15, 2017
At a time when the education and skills of America’s workforce are more important than ever before, it is troubling that the House is considering a tax reform bill, HR 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that would eliminate critical tax relief for investments in postsecondary education and training. The percentage of U.S. jobs that require postsecondary credentials is expected to reach a new high of 65 percent in 2020. Yet the United States is projected to face shortages of 3 million workers with associate degrees or higher and 5 million workers with technical certificates by that same year (...
Tags: Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Monday May 22, 2017
Ready for the Robots? Let's Prepare Every Student for the Future of Work
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on May 10, 2017. Could you be replaced by a robot? If not today, will automation claim your job—or your children's jobs—within several decades? As anxieties escalate about the "Future of Work," few things are certain but this: No one can predict exactly what the jobs of the future will be. ​But what about the skills of the future? Which abilities are most vital for young people to be able to navigate an ever-changing economy? Turns out that's something more and more people agree on, and it's not memorizing facts and reproducing...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA, Future of Work
Tuesday April 25, 2017
JFF Staff Respond to the Skinny Budget: Let’s Not Forget, Investments in College Innovation Keep Giving
I couldn’t agree more with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ comments following her recent visit to Valencia Community College. Touring their Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, she declared “Community colleges are a tremendous option, a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous on-ramp for many students.” Valencia’s programs were built with support from the U.S. Department Of Labor’s (DOL) Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, a $1.9 million investment in the nation’s community colleges. TAACCCT supports accelerated community college reforms...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Administration’s Skinny Budget Has Outsized Negative Impacts for Americans Although we don’t know the full details of the President’s proposed budget, beyond that provided in the recently revealed “skinny budget,” we at Jobs for the Future (JFF) are very concerned that dramatic cuts to critical programs such as workforce development and student aid and supports—that are designed to prepare America’s current and future workforce—are counterproductive, particularly at a time when the skills of American workers are essential to U.S. and individual economic prosperity. While we are...
Tags: Federal Higher Education Policy, Federal Workforce Policy, Federal K-12 Policy, Economic Mobility
Wednesday October 26, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week's Learning Deeply blog on October 11, 2016.  Since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed, nearly a year ago, many in the education world have kept their fingers crossed and their eyes pinned to the horizon, anxiously waiting to see which states will make serious efforts to overhaul their school accountability systems. Now that No Child Left Behind's testing strictures have been loosened, K-12 leaders would seem to have a golden opportunity to pursue more sophisticated and useful ways of gauging student learning. But will they seize that...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA