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Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly essential to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support youth education beginning with pre-school, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

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  • CitiesSpeak

The president’s budget proposal includes a $1.2 billion cut to school programs that will impact more than 1,600,000 children and their families.

This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with…

photo - Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?
photo - Can Your City Stand to Lose Afterschool Funding?
  • CitiesSpeak

"Cities will be able to look at the broader landscape of employers, higher education institutions, jobs and local skill sets, and connect these data points to better understand the trends showing how individual residents…

photo - NLC, LinkedIn Use Data to Help Six Cities Expand Access to Higher Education and Workforce Development
photo - NLC, LinkedIn Use Data to Help Six Cities Expand Access to Higher Education and Workforce Development
  • CitiesSpeak

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature…

photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
  • CitiesSpeak

Federally-funded programs like those slated for elimination in President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint have a proven record of results for young children, and simply cannot survive without continued federal support.…

photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
photo - Don’t Cut Funding for Programs That Help Children Thrive in Cities Across the Country
  • Press Release

COLUMBUS, OHIO — April 12, 2017 — The Ohio Afterschool Network held a statewide Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning today at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by National League of Cities (NLC) President and…

Children playing on sidewalk
Children playing on sidewalk
  • Press Release

20 cities in Alabama, California and Kansas to receive grants up to $40,000

WASHINGTON — March 30, 2017 — The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced that 20 cities were awarded grants to create or expand…

School Lunches
School Lunches
  • CitiesSpeak

Annually, city leaders from across the nation convene in Washington, D.C. for NLC's Congressional City Conference. Coupled with traditional conference programming, NLC University is hosting a series of pre-conference…

photo - NLC University Seminars Prepare City Leaders for an Uncertain Future
photo - NLC University Seminars Prepare City Leaders for an Uncertain Future
  • Research Report

Recognizing the increasing importance of a skilled workforce to economic development, city leaders are playing pivotal new roles in efforts to increase the proportion of residents in their communities who attain postsecondary education degrees or…

  • Research Report

Nationwide, around 40 percent of working age adults hold a postsecondary credential. In the 21st century, these credentials have increasingly become the keys that open doors to family-supporting jobs. Recognizing the economic necessity of…

  • Research Report

In order for cities – large and small, urban, suburban and rural – to be globally competitive and attractive to businesses and families alike, more of their residents must pursue and successfully obtain postsecondary degrees and credentials.…