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March 13, 2020​

NATION'S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE HITS RECORD HIGH OF 85.3%

The U.S. Department of Education today released data showing the high school graduation rate for the class of 2018 hit a record high of 85.3%. This is continued progress, according to the leaders of the GradNation campaign, but much more must be done to close equity gaps and support all students in earning a quality diploma that prepares them for their futures.

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Emergency Payroll Relief Petition | Change.org

April 6, 2020 — Millions of small businesses are closing, laying off millions of our fellow Americans. We need to act now to save America's small businesses and their employees and prevent a potential Great Depression. Sign the petition

Amid the Coronavirus threat, where's the call to service? 

| Washington Post

April 1, 2020 — In this op-ed, John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver write, "In times of crisis, Americans expect our president to show empathy, to unite us and to ask us to help. Where idealism should be rooted, there is a hole at the heart of our nation’s coronavirus response." Read here

COVID-19 is Exposing Gaps in Our Education System | EdWeek

March 27, 2020 — In this op-ed, John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz write, "As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, urgent action is being taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support our health-care system and economy. But as schools shutter and millions of students attempt to learn from home or shelters, it is not too soon to think about what we can learn to strengthen our education system the next time there is a national crisis." Read here.  

John Bridgeland on Alan Khazei for Congress Town Hall | Facebook Live

March 25, 2020 — John Bridgeland and Damaris Pimentel, Founder & Owner of Ultra Hair Salon, participated in an Alan Khazei for Congress Town Hall on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here.  

Idea for Congress: Pay Small Businesses to Pay Their Workers| POLITICO

March 23, 2020 — Wage support is direct, effective, and ensures doors can open again when the virus threat passes. It needs to be part of the relief package — now. Read the POLITICO op-ed authored by John Bridgeland and Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year, here.

Can the G7 Stop the Coronavirus?| The National Interest

March 23, 2020 — "Despite pledging to do “whatever is necessary” to address the crisis, G7 leaders have made no specific, time-bound commitments to actually doing so." Read the op-ed by Gary Edson and Richard Fontaine here

National High School Grad Rate Hits Record High| U.S. Dept of Ed

March 13, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Education today released data showing the high school graduation rate for the class of 2018hit a record high of 85.3%. This is continued progress, according to the leaders of the GradNation campaign, but much more must be done to close equity gaps and support all students in earning a quality diploma that prepares them for their futures. Read the press release

A Cost-Effective National Service Proposal| Brookings Institution

March 9, 2020 — In an op-ed, Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland propose a voluntary national service program to build bridges instead of walls, limiting toxic tribalism and social division. Read here.

Bipartisan Climate Change| The American Interest

March 3, 2020 — Civic Principal Gary Edson wrote the following piece on addressing the climate crisis in a bipartisan manner: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/03/02/balancing-the-climate-equation/.

Cost-Effective National Service Proposal | The Washington Post

February 20, 2020 — In a new op-ed, Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland propose a voluntary national service program to build bridges instead of walls, limiting toxic tribalism and social division. Read here.

Student Homelessness at an All-time High | Education Dive

January 30, 2020 — Civic and Schoolhouse Connection are featured in Education Dive for their work to address students experiencing homelessness:  https://www.educationdive.com/news/federal-data-shows-student-homelessness-at-all-time-high/571367/

Investing in Our Future - Webinar | CASEL

January 24, 2020 - Matthew Atwell, Senior Research & Policy Analyst at Civic, was a panelist on the CASEL Webinar, Investing in Our Future: Ensuring Student Access to SEL. Watch here

Generation of Gratitude

January 21, 2020 — 12-year-old Rangeley Newmyer writes a compelling piece on fostering a Generation of Gratitude, found here.

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