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Preparing the Next Generation

Remove Student Work Permit Requirements 

States should eliminate work permit requirements for minors seeking part-time or seasonal employment. 

Require University-Workforce Alignment Reporting

States should require colleges and universities receiving public funding to report to the legislature annually on their success aligning their programs with the state’s most in-demand jobs and the state’s job market generally.

Create Workforce Development Performance Measures 

States should require workforce development agencies to evaluate the impact of each workforce services contract or program, including the impact on job-finding, earnings, transitions out of welfare programs, and taxpayers’ return on investment.

Provide Transparency To Students On Higher Education Costs And Outcomes 

States should disclose a variety of information to high school students, including information on tuition costs for four-year degrees, tuition costs for vocational and technical education, student loans, starting wages, and in-demand occupations. The state department of education should compile such information and distribute it to each high school. 

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Alli Fick

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Haley Holik

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Jonathan Ingram

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