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|Ready by 21 at One: Read the One-Year Update||
Read about the work the Forum and its partners have done in the first year since launching the Ready by 21 Challenge.
|Maryland: Planning Brighter Futures for Children, Youth and Families||
The Local Management Board in Montgomery County Maryland developed a community strategic plan to reaffirm the local vision for achieving results for children and families.
|Massachusetts: Department of Education 2006-2007 State Report Card||
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) into law. The law calls for sweeping changes in public education. Among these is a new federal requirement that all states in receipt of Title I assistance must issue annual "report cards."
|Youth Today: Fighting Child Poverty with Public Leadership||
By Karen Pittman, June 2006
The British Government recently made an incredible announcement: It apologized for only managing to reduce child poverty 17 percent over the past five years rather than 25 percent — the progress needed to be on a straight path towards the government’s stated goal of eliminating child poverty by 2020. Officials have promised to redouble their efforts. Sometimes it’s difficult to live on this side of the pond.
|Youth Today: Race, Class, Culture and Perceived Entitlements||
By Karen Pittman, May 2006
Bear with me. I’m trying to make sense of a series of writings spread before me that speak to how race, class and culture combine to influence young people’s opportunities, as well as their perceptions about their rights to opportunities and the proper response when those rights are denied.
|Maryland: County Boards of Education and Graduation Rates||
Requiring county boards of education to collect, maintain, and analyze graduation rates by dividing the number of students who graduate on time by the number of students in a four-year cohort; requiring county boards to report these rates in the aggregate and disaggregated by specified subgroups; requiring county boards to report graduation rates to the public and to the State Department of Edu
|Ready by 21 Change Maker Update: State-Level Children's Cabinets and Commissions Come Into Their Own||
In March 2006 the Forum along with NGA and the New Mexico Children's Cabinet hosted the second annual Children's Cabinet Roundtable in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eight states participated in the Roundtable and discussed their progress in coordinating resources, collaborating on strategies, and convening key players in improving outcomes for children and youth.
|Audioconference: Moving Youth Policy Forward -- Lesson Learned (4/10/2006)||
Policy makers across the country have stepped up their efforts to address key challenges facing our young people.
|Ready for College||
Much has been written lately that asks the question -- are young people across this country ready for college? The Forum for Youth Investment, Connect for Kids, Voices for America's Children and many state Kids Count organizations have developed this series for state advocates to share the vision, messages and state policies being proposed to improve the college readiness of youth.
|Ohio: Family and Children First Cabinet Council||
The bill establishes certain duties and responsibilities of the Family & Children First (FCF) Cabinet Council and county FCF councils. Ohio Family & Children First is a partnership of government agencies and community organizations seeking to improve the well being of children and families. The state agency members include the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Office of Budget