Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Apply Now for High School Technical Assistance Initiative

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Apply Now for High School Technical Assistance Initiative

Article excerpt

A new NLC high school reform initiative will support mayors and other municipal leaders in expanding options and innovations in high school education.

Intensive technical assistance is the centerpiece of the "Helping Municipal Leaders Expand Options and Alternatives for High School" initiative. Cities are invited to apply for two years of assistance, focused on developing and implementing strategies on high school reform.

Applications must be received by January 30, 2004.

During the project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) will

* help cities identify their needs,

* assist in the development and implementation of action plans to meet those needs,

* provide guidance and outside experts, and

* convene the selected cities to facilitate exchanges of information and strategies.

Municipal Leadership is Essential

For municipal leaders and their communities, high school dropouts and graduates ill-prepared for college or work affect a community's economic, social and civic health and its well-being.

High school may be the last chance for youth to acquire the education and skills they need to succeed in today's society.

But almost 25 percent of all high school students cannot read at even the basic level for their grades.

In urban schools, fewer than 50 percent of eighth graders graduate from high school within five years. …

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