Policy

STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WITH EFFECTIVE POLICIES

The Bloomberg Education Policy Initiative aims to close the growing wage gap between high school and college graduates and ensure that more young Americans can achieve academic and career success.

ONCE THE WORLD’S BEST, AMERICAN EDUCATION IS FALLING BEHIND RELATIVE TO OTHER NATIONS

For most of the 20th century, the United States led the world on such measures as high school and college completion. Today, we are ranked 22nd in the world for high school completion rates and 14th in the percentage of 25-34 year olds with college degrees. Other nations are racing ahead as our educational performance hasn’t kept pace.

Thirty years ago, only one in four U.S. jobs required some post-secondary education. Soon, nearly two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. will require it. At the same time, the gap between wages for high school and college graduates has grown by nearly 90% in the past few decades – creating a society of education haves and have-nots.

In order to address this crisis, we must make necessary improvements that ensure more of our young people graduating from high school are truly ready to succeed in college and pursue careers of their choosing. We must also increase access to quality post-secondary education.

USING ADVOCACY TO DRIVE EFFECTIVE POLICY CHANGE

Supporting educational leadership at all levels is part of what’s needed to improve education in America – we also need strong policies backed by elected officials who are committed to creating lasting changes and advancing student outcomes in their cities and states.

As former Mayor of New York City, Mike Bloomberg understands what it takes to improve America’s schools. That is why he is using his personal funds to advocate for effective policies and the elected leaders who are driving them forward. Bloomberg supports pro-reform candidates regardless of their political party, and seeks opportunities to support those whose vote or engagement would make a real difference in state and local policy.

The advocacy and political activities comprising the Educational Policy Initiative are supported by Mike Bloomberg personally and are not in any part supported by The Bloomberg Family Foundation.

SUPPORTING CHANGE ADVOCATES IN THE BAYOU STATE

The 2011 elections represented a rare opportunity to transform Louisiana’s State Board of Education and catalyze efforts to enact impactful education reforms in the state.

  • To help create a pro-education reform majority on Louisiana’s Board of Education, Mayor Bloomberg personally supported candidates running for seats on the Board who were dedicated to advancing student outcomes through strong policy.
  • Together, the reformers — with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Stand for Children, and others — went on to create and pass teacher quality provisions as part of a comprehensive education reform bill, which includes teacher quality and school choice provisions.
  • To help ensure that New Orleans continues progress on nationally significant reforms while complementing Louisiana’s new statewide reforms, the Mayor successfully supported candidates running for seats on the Orleans Parish School Board in November, 2012.

 

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