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Recommendations for WIA Reauthorization Legislation: Title I Youth Provisions

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

At a time when increased attention is being paid to the fact that nearly one in three youths who start public high school will not graduate four years later, the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) should play a pivotal role in the intervention strategies of state and local youth service delivery systems, according to CLASP.

The group’s analysis notes that reforms in service delivery under WIA are taking hold in many areas of the country that have found ways to use their WIA resources and youth councils to leverage resources in a more coordinated and strategic way. The researchers make seven recommendations about the reauthorization of the youth provisions of WIA, including the preservation of youth councils and a greater focus in formula funding for dropouts.

CLASP is a national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. Free. 7 pages. (202) 906-8000, http://www.clasp.org/publications/recs_wia_youth_2007.pdf.

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