What’s new on Ed Connector

This month inside Ed Connector, district administrators are talking about:

  • Marijuana Policies
  • Sample RFP for External Auditing Services

Newly added Resources:

Permanent Fund Dividends and Poverty in Alaska

Permanent Fund dividends—payments the state makes to virtually all residents annually—lifted about 25,000 Alaskans out of poverty in 2015, reducing poverty in Alaska by about a third. Since 1990, PFDs have reduced poverty rates in Alaska by an estimated 2.5 to 4 percentage points annually.  State leaders are now considering using Permanent Fund earnings to help pay for public services. But using Permanent Fund earnings for public services would require reducing or eliminating PFDs—the analysis from this report makes realistic estimates of how much eliminating PFDs would affect poor Alaskans.

Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness & Attainment

A recent report from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, “Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment,” examines the postsecondary attainment and readiness of three successive cohorts of students, those between the ages of 25 and 34 in 2015, 2025, and 2035 respectively.

·       The report finds that the current cohort of 25- to 34-year-olds has the highest levels of postsecondary attainment in the nation’s history, but there remain considerable attainment gaps within the cohort.

·       The second cohort of students is currently completing high school or enrolled in postsecondary education. Among this cohort there have been increases in non-White student enrollment in postsecondary education and, based on GPA and high school courses, this cohort appears as ready for postsecondary success as the previous group.

·       The third cohort is currently in 1st to 10th grades and the report argues that there must be significant actions along the postsecondary pipeline for this cohort of students to demonstrate a rise in attainment rates and decrease in opportunity gaps

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