Education Policy & Advocacy

At America Succeeds, we believe that education is the single most important influence on a child’s success, and that every child deserves and is owed the opportunity to obtain an excellent education, regardless of race, family income, or zip code. We focus on transformative, student-centered policy change that leads to systemic improvement in education outcomes, especially prioritizing education-to-workforce pathways, system building and accountability, human capital, transparent and equitable funding, and high-quality options.

This space is dedicated to reporting on recent and relevant topics in education, including discussions of current and future education policies, and identifying the resources available for effective education advocacy. As part of our work, America Succeeds has also produced and compiled a collection of resources with our affiliates and partners, in order to support good education practices.

Bouncing Back: Student-Centered Policy Priorities 2021

If there were ever an uncertain year ahead, 2021 is it. Planning an ambitious, strategic legislative agenda for next year seems virtually impossible right now. America Succeeds latest report, “Bouncing Back: Student-Centered Policy Priorities for 2021” offers straightforward and foundational policy priorities for the coming year.

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Resources for Education Data

If you need education data, two new resources have you covered

While states have been busy with their legislative sessions over the past few months, two newly released national resources for education data have caught our eye at America Succeeds. These resources align with our core principles of transparency, return on investment, and putting students at the center of decision-making.

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Career-tech students

Fordham Institute: Are career-tech students preparing for jobs that actually exist?

Not long ago, the New York Times ran a revealing article titled “The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom.” Based on a comprehensive survey of older Americans, the authors reported that, “Over the last few decades, Americans have become less mobile, and most adults—especially those with less education or lower incomes—do not venture far from their hometowns.” In fact, “the median distance Americans live from their mother is eighteen miles, and only 20 percent live more than a couple of hours’ drive from their parents.”

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