Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Education Snapshots Available on NLC Website

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

City Education Snapshots Available on NLC Website

Article excerpt

NLC has compiled a series of "education snapshots" that highlight ways in which municipal leaders in 30 cities are partnering with local school districts to improve education. The city profiles, available on the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) part of the NLC website at, were developed based on a survey of the Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN).

EPAN is a national network of senior municipal officials from the nation's largest 75 cities who are working with their mayors on key issues related to education reform and school improvement. The creation of the education snapshots responded to a desire among EPAN members for a resource that explains and provides examples of how different local education systems are structured, how they operate and the roles municipal officials can play in working with school districts.

Each snapshot includes a section describing city initiatives to support education, expand afterschool programs, promote school readiness and use municipal resources and agencies to improve student academic achievement. Another section outlines the partnerships formed between the city and the school district, and with nonprofits, local businesses and universities.

The snapshots also list the top three education challenges that the cities face, and describe the governance structure and demographic information for each school district.

Initiatives and Challenges

Of the 30 cities featured in the report, the vast majority support in-school learning through afterschool programming and joint use or resource-sharing agreements. …

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