State Policies America’s Edge Supports

America’s Edge urges state leadership to prioritize proven and promising investments for business.

America’s Edge will urge state policy-makers to support investments that will enable businesses to compete in today’s competitive global marketplace, build a foundation for lasting economic security, and help our nation’s children get on the right track. 

High Quality Early Learning Programs

America’s Edge supports ensuring children have access to high-quality early care and pre-K state programs.  Even in tough budget times, states must continue to invest in these programs because that investment is critical to our country’s economic revitalization both short- and long-term, including job creation:

  • Every $1 invested in early care and education generates roughly $2 for the local economy.
  • Spending by every 4 workers employed in early care and education supports an additional new job in another sector of the local economy.

Research confirms that the availability of quality early learning programs in a community:

  • Reduces absenteeism of working parents;
  • Reduces employee turnover;
  • Increases employee retention;
  • Increases productivity;
  • Increases earnings and tax revenues; and
  • Attracts better employees and new businesses to communities.
America’s Edge is targeting its efforts in 2014 to support high-quality early care and education programs in states across the country. Click here for more details.
  • Illinois: Prevent cuts to the state’s “Preschool for All” program and child care assistance program. (Learn more.)
  • Maine: Prevent cuts to the state’s pre-K and child care programs. (Learn more.)
  • Michigan: Prevent cuts to the state’s pre-K and child care programs. (Learn more.)
  • New York: Prepare for full implementation of QUALITYstarsNY and prevent cuts to the state’s pre-K and child care programs. (Learn more.)
  • North Carolina: Maintain and increase state funding for early learning programs, while also working to improve the quality of the programs. (Learn more.)
  • Washington State: Prevent cuts to the state’s “Early Childhood Education and Assistance Act” (ECEAP) and increase funding for quality initiatives of infant/toddler programs. (Learn more.

 

Innovative High School Education Efforts

America’s Edge supports efforts to connect high school students to real world experiences and help them graduate with the skills businesses need. America’s Edge is focusing on innovative education models, along with rigorous standards, assessments, and accountability systems to ensure that students are college and career ready. (Learn more.) Educational standards and aligned assessments will help students master core academic content, and train them to think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate effectively (i.e. deeper learning skills) that they will need to be competitive in today’s highly-skilled workforce. (Learn more.)

Click here to learn more about standards for math and standards for English language arts. 

Innovative high school education models, which connect academics and hands-on learning opportunities to actual needs in the state’s economy, help prepare students for success in both college and career. (Learn more.) Both promising and proven high school education models provide relevant and core academic currcula that repare students for education and career beyond high school. These models utilize project-based learning, numerous written and oral communication activities, and work-based learning opportunities. Students are taught to apply the knowledge they have acquired in one subject to use in different situations – students “learn to learn.”

Strong evidence from these models, such as Career Academies, have shown that they can strengthen businesses and the economy because, as adults, participants earn more money, work more hours, have a better work ethic, and have higher skill levels.

America's Edge is targeting its efforts in 2014 to support rigorous innovative high school education models in states across the country. Click here for more details.
  • California: Promote Linked Learning in high schools and work with businesses to partner with schools. (Learn more.)
  • Georgia: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)
  • Kentucky: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)
  • Maine: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.) 
  • New York: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)
  • North Carolina: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)
  • Oregon: Advocate for innovative high school education models that promote the development of deeper learning skills, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)
  • Washington: Support “multiple pathways” legislation designed to bolster education and training systems, coupled with rigorous standards and aligned assessments to determine progress. (Learn more.)