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(DC) Leveling the Playing Field: Policy Options to Improve Postsecondary Education and Career Outcomes
April 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Providing workers with the right sets of skills is an urgent necessity in the modern labor market. Postsecondary education and K–12 both have important roles to play, and can be improved with the help of ongoing research on what does and does not work in education policy. K-12 schools could be doing more to increase high school student engagement and preparation for college; and the teacher shortages K–12 schools face in specific subject and geographic areas must also be addressed. Furthermore, at postsecondary institutions, federal aid must provide incentives to raise the quality of the college experience, protect the taxpayer investment, and enhance college access for workers who need to reskill.
On April 26, The Hamilton Project will host a policy forum to explore the best ways to address these policy challenges. The forum will begin with introductory remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, followed by three roundtable discussions featuring panelists including: Andy Smarick (American Enterprise Institute); James Kvaal (University of Michigan); Bridget Terry Long (Harvard University); Sandra Black (University of Texas at Austin); Charlene M. Dukes (Prince Georges Community College); Michael Dakduk (Career Education Colleges and Universities); Sarita E. Brown (Excelencia in Education); Belle Wheelan (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges); and Heather Wathington (The Maya Angelou Schools and See Forever Foundation).