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EDventure Recap

On September 3-5, 2014, America Succeeds, with the generosity and support of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, hosted the inaugural EDventure in Boise, Idaho. The goal of EDventure is to create an R&D lab to explore innovative ideas and initiatives at the intersection of business and education policy. EDventure is a one of a kind, action-oriented summit. Participants leave EDventure inspired, refreshed, and invigorated; ready to accelerate system-wide transformation (change the world and have one heck of a good time doing it!).

Click here to view the EDventure program, photos, and presentations (and, coming soon: video highlights from the ED Shark Tank).

A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

This article by Eduardo Porter of the New York Times shines light on what the education gap really costs to both individuals and the nation as a whole. “In the American education system, inequality is winning, gumming up the mobility that broad-based prosperity requires,” writes Porter. “This pattern of stagnant mobility and rising inequality of education adds up to a dumbfounding paradox. American workers with a college degree are paid 74 percent more than those with only a high school degree, on average,” he continues. This is a sobering reminder of the urgency of improving educational outcomes for all students. Read the entire column here

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Million Dropouts
Some 1.1 million American students drop out of school every year.
Nearly 44 percent of dropouts under age 24 are jobless, and the unemployment rate of high school dropouts older than 25 is more than three times that of college graduates.
Each cohort of dropouts costs the U.S. $192 billion in lost income and taxes.
Of Employers
report that new employees with four-year college degrees lacked “excellent” basic knowledge and applied skills
Our annual GDP could increase by $525 billion by closing the gap between white students and their black and Latino peers.
Less than half of American students – 46% – finish college. The U.S. Ranks last among 18 countries.

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Colorado Succeeds
Our vision is that every student in Colorado has access to a high performing school and graduates with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to succeed in a competitive global economy. Colorado Succeeds provides the aggressive policy, advocacy and accountability work to make this ambitious goal a reality. Click Here

Colorado Succeeds was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda.

Idaho Business for Education
IBE is a driving force in the development of an Idaho education system that results in graduates who have postsecondary credentials and who are workforce ready. Click Here

IBE is comprised of Idaho CEOs and company presidents, who share a common goal — Better Education in Idaho. The members of IBE are passionate about improving Idaho’s educational system in all aspects.

Nevada Succeeds
We are committed to dramatically improving the quality of the state’s education system through a variety of approaches and initiatives, all with a single goal and purpose: improving student outcomes. Click Here

As the business voice for education, Nevada Succeeds demands effective performance from our education system and is dedicated to creating a climate for successful student achievement in Nevada.

BEST NC is committed to ensuring that every child is ready to learn, that every classroom from pre-K to post-graduate has an excellent teacher and school leadership, and that every student in NC has the skills he or she needs to be career and life ready. Click Here

BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s public education system through policy and advocacy.

Business is the end user of America's education system. Click here to learn more

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