Policy

America Forward Launches Advocacy Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators

First-of-its-kind effort aims to strengthen the voice of community-based problem solvers in local, state, and federal policy December 13, 2019 (Washington, D.C.): America Forward has announced the launch of its new Advocacy Institute to empower social entrepreneurs, social innovation organizations, and their constituents to more effectively engage in critical policy debates at the local, state, and federal level.  The launch
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America Forward Statement: Encouraging Action by the House Education and Labor Committee on the College Affordability Act

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, by a vote of 28-22, passed H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Below is America Forward's statement on this step of the reauthorization process: “America Forward is encouraged by the work of the House Committee on Education and Labor to advance the
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America Forward’s Vision for the Future of Pay for Success

By America Forward Policy Director Roger Low Today, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published “The Evolving Promise of Pay for Success,” a piece co-written by Sindhu Lakshmanan, a senior investment associate at Living Cities, a Pay for Success (PFS) investor; Caroline Whistler, co-founder and CEO of Third Sector, a PFS advisor; and me detailing the current state of the PFS
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America Forward: August Recess Legislative Update

As Congress enters the August recess, we can enthusiastically report on several recent important bipartisan developments in the U.S. House of Representatives, all on key priorities for members of the America Forward Coalition. We applaud our allies in Congress for this legislative progress, and for working to advance an equity, outcomes and innovation agenda, even when it doesn’t grab national
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Pay for Success Arrives in Career & Technical Education

Signed into law this summer, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act - also known as Perkins V - includes a number of provisions that promote innovation, modernization and the alignment of workforce skills with labor-market needs (see our full summary here). Notably, the legislation also includes the first-ever federal authorization of Career and Technical Education
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Coalition Spotlight: Jumpstart Endorses House Democrat Aim Higher Act to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act

Coalition organization Jumpstart works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The following post, Jumpstart Endorses Aim Higher Act, was published on Jumpstart’s website on July 25, 2018, and details the importance of this legislation to Jumpstart and other America Forward partner and Coalition organizations. Please contact Jumpstart’s Vice President of Policy & Government Relations,
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Practice to Policy: The Top 10 Ways America Forward Has Shaped Workforce Development Policy In 10 Years

This year, America Forward celebrates 10 years of collective advocacy work. As we celebrate this important milestone and lay the foundation for what the next 10 years hold, we are chronicling the impact that America Forward and our Coalition of 70 organizations have had using our practical experiences to shift federal policy to reward results, incentivize innovation, catalyze cross-sector partnerships,
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Practice to Policy: Support for Home Visiting is a Bipartisan Victory for Families

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting the outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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Practice to Policy: Educators Urge Students to Stay In Class, Not Cuffs

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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Practice to Policy: New Federal Budget Package Has Big Wins For Kids

Every day social innovators and social innovation organizations across the country are measurably impacting communities and individuals. This Practice to Policy blog series lifts up the voices of the more than 70 organizations that make up the America Forward Coalition and our broader social innovation network by highlighting their outcomes-based solutions to our country’s most pressing social problems and why
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