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APRIL 14, 2015

LinkedIn Jumping Into The Education Business

Human resources and professional networking site LinkedIn appears to be broadening its horizons by way of a little education. The company announced today that it struck a deal to buy online career-skills education company for about $1.5 billion. The Wall Street Journal reports that the acquisition, which is expected to close this quarter, marks LinkedIn’s biggest deal to date.

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MARCH 23, 2015

Best NC Leads Charge Toward Excellence

The group published a draft report in February that draws on months of meetings by 325 people in 18 working groups to crystallize a vision for North Carolina’s education system. The report is being circulated among all who have a stake in education. In April, the group will push to have educators, government officials and businesses leaders collectively support the strategic plan that aims to make North Carolina’s education system the best in the nation.

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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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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
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

Idaho Business for Education 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.

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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.

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