Did you know that in Wyoming:
- About 135,000 children (under the age of 18) live in the state;
- About 1 out of every 3 children live in a household with only one parent;
- 67 percent of eighth graders are below grade level in math;
- 66 percent of fourth graders are reading below grade level; and
- 20 percent of high school students do not graduate on time with a high school diploma.
Our 2014 Policy Priorities
In 2014, America’s Edge members will be urging their Congressional delegation to do the following:
1. Protect Access to High Quality Early Care and Education and Increase Quality of Programs by:
- Working to improve the quality of Head Start/Early Head Start and CCDBG through the reauthorization of these programs;
2. Strengthen our nation’s education system through federal education reform to:
- Provide incentives for States to shift away from the traditional K-12 approach towards an educational system that incorporates early learning into the educational structure so kids are ready to learn and succeed when they enter kindergarten;
- Support Career Academies, which can help vulnerable youth develop critical skills and be prepared for careers and/or post-secondary education;
- Improve graduation rates measurement and accountability, including supporting both data systems that can serve as an “early warning system” for kids headed towards dropping out, as well as the use of evidence-based programs to keep kids in school and on the path towards graduation;
- Provide the support of K-12 programs which enhance academic outcomes;
- Creates a system of recruitment, professional development and retention for teachers so that more students – especially those most at-risk for adverse academic outcomes– have access to high-quality teachers; and
- Ensure that, to the maximum extent possible, funds are directed toward evidence-based approaches in the highest-need communities.
AMERICA’S EDGE RELEASES NEW REPORT
On October 5, 2012, Martha Brooks, Western States Regional Director released a new report at the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. The report highlights the significant skills gap in the Wyoming workforce in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. It also details high quality early care and education and innovative high school programs as solutions – they will improve academic achievement, reduce the workforce skills gap, and help ensure an ample supply of future skilled workers.
AMERICA’S EDGE IN THE NEWS
October 5, 2012. Heirty, Andrew. “Job study says Wyoming facing future skills gaps.” CBS 5 News.
October 2012. “Group warns that Wyoming students aren’t prepared for future.” Wyoming Public Media.
October 2012. Orr, Becky. “Wyoming faces skills gap in workforce.” Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
For more information, please contact Western States Regional Director, Martha Brooks.
Phone: (866) 512-3245