WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act, which would combine rigorous college preparation with workplace experience in an effort to improve student engagement, academic achievement, and success after high school. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement:
“In today’s knowledge-based economy, the high school diploma is no longer the end point; it’s the jumping off point.
“Too many of today’s high schools are ill-equipped to prepare students for the future workforce. The legislation introduced today would support the expansion of Linked Learning, an innovative and effective strategy to eliminate the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what they learn on the job.
“By connecting strong academics, demanding technical education and real-world experience in a wide range of high-growth occupations, such as engineering, arts and media, biomedicine, and health, the Linked Learning approach helps to eliminate the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what they learn on the job. The end results are high school graduates who are better prepared to succeed in college and a career and employers who are more satisfied with their workers.
“I applaud Representatives Thompson and Chu and Senator Casey for their leadership to ensure that today’s students receive the education they need to be competitive in tomorrow’s workforce.”
Statements from sponsors of the legislation:
Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA): “The Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act is about American competitiveness—an integrated approach to education that will bolster student achievement, graduation rates, college readiness and career readiness, while securing our nation’s technical job base so that we can remain globally competitive. We have seen the harmful effects of Washington’s education mandates and this bill will allow schools to put forth the framework to ensure students have both the knowledge and skills to graduate high school ready to succeed in college and careers, and live up to the fullest extent of their individual potential.”
Representative Judy Chu (D-CA): “I’m proud to reintroduce a bipartisan bill that promotes the Linked Learning approach to high school improvement that has shown dramatic results in California. By showing students the connection between school and the workplace through partnerships in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand industries such as engineering or digital media, we can increase high school graduation rates, raise college attendance rates, and improve jobs prospects for students. The Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act will modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to meet the needs of our changing economy and workforce.”
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA): “Young Pennsylvanians, as well as students across the country, deserve an education that helps them build the skills they need for college or a career. The Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act will help our students succeed in school and secure jobs in the workforce, bolstering our economy and ensuring that America remains competitive. This bill will establish partnerships between educators and area businesses to identify skill sets needed by local industry. Those skills will be integrated into the classroom experience through hands-on, project-based learning that keeps students engaged and more likely to graduate from high school.”
More information on the Education for Tomorrow’s Jobs Act is available here
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.