New Graduation Rate Data show Gateway City Gains

On average, Gateway City graduation rates rose by 1.1 percentage points to 75.3 percent of students in 2013. Dropout rates fell by 1 percentage point to 11.8 percent of students. Slightly more students remained still in school after four years and fewer were expelled. – Ben Forman

Gateway Cities and the Grossman Plan for CVTE

Treasurer Grossman’s campaign released a plan for investing in career/vocational technical education last week. The plan hit upon a fundamental theme in the Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community Learning Systems. “Dynamic” is included in the title of this education agenda — which Gateway City leaders built working collaboratively over the better part of 2013

The Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems

Developed collaboratively with Gateway City mayors, managers, and education leaders, this vision highlights effective new models to prepare students for the changing economy and ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers for growing regional economies across the Commonwealth. The Vision also calls for strategies that leverage the educational assets of our urban centers so that

Dropout danger leads to backlash against frequent school suspensions

NPR reports on a backlash against suspending high-school students and possibly putting them “on the fast track to falling behind, dropping out, and going to jail.” Opponents cite a study released in April, which highlighted the Worcester school district, that suggests the disciplinary measure is disproportionately used against “children of color and students from other

Burying the Lead?

To a striking degree, conventional wisdom holds that the future belongs to large, agglomerating cities with “thick labor markets” that support high-tech innovation. It is an article of faith advanced by influential urban economists Richard Florida and Edward Glaeser, who call for nurturing the “megaregions” that have emerged victorious from post-1970s global market restructuring. Labor

Working Cities Challenge applicants pledge to tackle education, health, economic development

The Federal Reserve Bank has released the letters of intent from applicants for a grant of up to $700,000 for an anti-poverty program in Massachusetts. The Working Cities Challenge (see previous post) is open to cities smaller than Boston with a higher-than-median poverty rate. Earlier this month, the Working Cities Challenge also released the RFP (request

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