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About Our Areas of Work
We organize our work into three areas to help low-income youth & adults:


Monday July 25, 2016
Originally posted in Education Week on July 13, 2016. "College and career readiness"--we hear the phrase so often these days that this mantra of education reform can sound mechanical, almost meaningless. So it's high time to revisit what the words mean now that state and local officials are wrestling with questions about how to achieve the goal of preparing every student for college and careers, as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Are college and career readiness the same thing? Or are there different sets of skills, competencies, and attributes for each? And as ESSA...
Tags: Deeper Learning, Federal K-12 Policy, Summit, ESSA
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Monday February 16, 2015
A student helping another student with an assignment
JFF’s Policy Recommendations to Prepare All Students for College, Careers, and Civic Life While it may come as a surprise to some, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is moving ever onward, with the House Education and Workforce Committee approving the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) last week, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee moving forward with hearings and bipartisan discussions.  We are encouraged by Congressional members’ enthusiasm for improving the law, and we are particularly encouraged by the prospect of a bipartisan...
Tags: Federal K-12 Policy, Deeper Learning