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The Progress of Education Reform: Reimagining Business Involvement PDF - Business thrives on the sure thing—the in-demand product, the new technology, the well-educated worker. Yet while new technologies and products have revolutionized the economy and our way of life, college graduates' workforce readiness has not kept pace. This issue of The Progress of Education Reform explores new models of business involvement that could substantially decrease private sector training costs and presents ways that policymakers can integrate these approaches into a coherent statewide engagement strategy.(Matthew Smith, ECS, June 2013) ...

Engaging Employers as Customers: How Education and Business Can Join Forces to Boost Success for All - Educators and employers often seem to speak different languages, with different goals in mind. But when it comes to preparing people for work, they have the same objective — helping learners gain the skills and opportunities they need in order to succeed in the workplace. This brief highlights strategies for building effective employer-educator partnerships to increase college and career success for underprepared youth and adults. (Jobs for the Future, May 2015)...

Ready, Set, Go! Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education - This report makes the business case for early education by providing an overview of the short- and long-term impacts of high-quality early learning, including the financial return on public investments, and describing current challenges in funding, access and quality. The report also details business leadership activities in several states -- Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, California and Washington -- aimed at advancing early childhood programs and outlines specific actions businesspeople and organizations can take to get involved. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, September 2010)...

Why America Needs High-Quality Early Care and Education - Business Roundtable's statement on the importance of early childhood education. The Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $5 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 10 million employees. Corporate Voices for Working Families is the leading national business membership organization representing the private sector on public policy issues involving working families. (Business Roundtable, March 2009)...

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