Center for American Progress/Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
With 30 percent of all youth and 50 percent of minority youth leaving public schools without diplomas, the need is growing to reconnect dropouts with education infrastructure so they can learn the skills needed to succeed in the labor market. The report's authors recommend that the federal government align national elementary and secondary education, adult education, job training and higher education policies to address that growing need. Federal and state financial aid policies should be revised to more fully cover college costs and living expenses for low-income students, they say. The report was commissioned by the center, a non-partisan Washington-based think tank. Free, 36 pages. (202) 682-1611, www.clasp.org/publications/postsecpathyouth.pdf.