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The hallmark of All4Ed’s policy and government relations work is our ability to take an idea; translate it into legislation, regulations, or guidance; advocate for its adoption; and support its implementation to maximize results for the nation’s young people. Our policy priorities include:

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Featured Report

ESSA requires states to identify at least the lowest-performing 5% of Title I schools and high schools where fewer than 67% of students graduate on time to receive comprehensive support. States must also identify schools with one or more underperforming groups of students for targeted support.

But accountability systems cannot deliver on their promise to lead to meaningful improvement if those schools do not receive additional resources after they are identified. Unfortunately, in our latest report, When Equity Is Optional: Does Accountability Drive School Spending, we found that many identified schools spent less, not more, per pupil after being identified than they did before. Read our full report to learn why and what education leaders can do to ensure school identification results are reflected in school funding decisions.

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Where We Stand

June 12, 2024
Publication
How States are Thinking About Social Media and Mental Health
In today's rapidly changing digital landscape, adolescents are increasingly connected online. With up to 95% of teenagers, and even 40% of children aged 8-12 on social media, this surge in digital participation has sparked concerns regarding its detrimental effects on adolescent mental health among parents and the American Academy of Pediatrics, who have declared a youth mental health crisis.
March 28, 2024
Publication
Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Congress, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
Reimagining America’s High Schools
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. All4Ed’s federal pathways agenda encompasses a comprehensive approach to education, addressing the needs of both learners and systems. The key policy priorities outlined for learners are essential pillars in shaping the future success of our young people. […]
March 21, 2024
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Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Congress, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
System Alignment
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. The effectiveness of college and career pathways systems hinges not only on the quality of unique programs but also on how well these programs are aligned within a broader educational and workforce ecosystem. Alignment across K-12, higher […]
March 13, 2024
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Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Congress, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
Systems
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. Learners will only have access to high-quality Pathways programs if the systems that support them are sustainable, scalable, and replicable nationwide. The first critical aspect of a high-quality system is sustained funding; increased federal investment in college […]
March 7, 2024
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Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Congress, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
Counseling and Navigation Support
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. Career and college counseling can help students understand the link between academic achievement, high school, postsecondary education, and career opportunities. Counseling helps students identify their strengths, interests, and values, leading them to clear career goals and paths […]
February 28, 2024
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Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, Congress, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
Career Exploration
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. For each young person walking the halls of their local high school, the end of their path is to a career, whether or not that path takes them through postsecondary education. All students should have career exploration […]
February 28, 2024
Publication
Career and Technical Education, College and Career Pathways, High Schools, Higher Education, US Department of Education
Opening Doors: Ensuring Access to Advanced Coursework in High Schools
This pillar is a part of the Pathways to Progress: A Federal Roadmap for College and Career Pathways. The standard curricula can be limiting for young people in high school. Though they prepare students to meet high school graduation requirements, their structures rarely emulate those of postsecondary education. As a result, schools, states, and the […]
February 24, 2024
Publication
Accountability and Support, Funding Equity, US Department of Education
Improve the Comprehensive Centers Program
All4Ed and our partners urge the U.S. Department of Education to ensure its comprehensive centers prioritize school improvement and resource equity.
February 1, 2024
Publication
Accountability and Support, Every Student Succeeds Act, Federal Education Budget, Funding Equity
When Equity Is Optional: Does Accountability Drive School Spending?
States should use accountability to identify and provide extra resources to struggling schools, yet many schools spent less, not more, after being identified.

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